Patrick Husted’s coming-of-age memoir, set in 1950s small-town Michigan, is an unflinching portrait of the family next-door: hardworking, teetering on the edge of poverty, and vulnerable to predators. When Donna, the young mother of three boys, marries George, a factory roustabout, it is the youngest child who becomes his special victim. This complex tale looks at how a boy transcends trauma and abuse by expanding his imagination, how the damage seeps into adulthood, and how the man makes his journey to recovery, making peace with the past.
“Patrick Husted tells a story of innocence derailed in an era when the topic of child abuse was verboten. There’s nothing sugarcoated here. Raw and sometimes brutal, Excavating Pieces evokes a 1950s boyhood with childlike simplicity, revealing moments of both wonder and horror. Ultimately, this is a survival story—one that inspires with its telling of how hope, creativity, and art can lead us to resolution and forgiveness. It’s the story of an indomitable spirit that insisted on the truth.” ———- Margo Martindale October 2013
A MEMOIR I RECOMMEND.
Excavating Pieces is a quietly touching memoir of growing up in a home under the thumb of a rageful, sadistic, and sexually abusive stepfather. Written with understated grace by Patrick Husted, I highly recommend this book. Patrick is a former patient and when we worked together, I was often amazed and moved by how he survived the abusive landscape of his childhood with both resilience and dignity. I hope you’ll give yourself the opportunity to read this touching life story.
Eli Zal November 2013
Ethan has guest starred in countless TV series and has appeared in numerous films. He is best known for his portrayal of Pete on the hit series Benson, and Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001.
“What would you do if you reached middle age and knew without any doubt that the accumulation of childhood trauma had made it impossible to continue on? Would you have the courage to dive into your murky past and painstakingly unearth and examine all the twists and turns, the wounds and the demons which had dismantled your very life? Patrick Husted does just that in this heroic memoir of almost unfathomable abuse. In clear and honest prose, Husted fearlessly faces the ugly truth of his boyhood and by any means necessary, peels away all the scabrous secrets one by one and in the process saves his very life. It is a powerful lesson, a story of personal triumph, funny, fabulous, and so forgiving.” —— actor/playwright Ethan Phillips November 2013
A James Gray Film
Patrick is featured in the New James Gray film The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard, coming out in theaters in early 2014. The film has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and The New York Film Festival.
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. To read a review in Variety, click here.