Margaux Fragoso's graphic account of her 15-year affair with a paedophile from the age of seven has shocked the literary world. Her memoir, which is being published in 20 countries, has been compared to Lolita by some critics but others have condemned it as pornography.
Fragoso, now a 31-year-old married mother of a daughter living in New Orleans says in the introduction to the book that "spending time with a paedophile can be like a drug high "
She writes: "I still think about Peter. At two in the afternoon, when he would come and pick me up and take me for rides; at five, when I would read to him, head on his chest; in the despair at seven pm, when he would hold me and rub my belly for an hour.
'We were friends, soul mates and lovers. I was seven. He was fifty-one."
The description of her first sexual contact was described by the New York Times review as "perhaps the most indecent thing published in any major book of the last decade." The memoir conveys how completely a paedophile enchants his victim.
Fragoso, who has a PhD in English, attended creative writing courses at Binghampton University, New York before writing the book.