Victim Tells Gut-wrenching Tales of Abuse Based on Real Life

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Mike Toth steps forward at age 84 to tell harrowing accounts of relentless abuse and its lasting impact in new book

It’s not for the faint of heart. The atrocities committed against an innocent young boy raised by a cruel, inhumane caregiver are recalled in vivid detail by none other than the victim himself in the book “Godmother” (published by AuthorHouse), the thinly fictionalized account of real-life events experienced by author Mike Toth.

When we first meet him, Mikey is six years old and lives in rural West Virginia. It’s the 1930s, and his father, a Hungarian immigrant, works long hours in the coal mines. As far as Mikey knows, his mother is dead, and his life is irrevocably changed when an angry, cold woman begins a relationship with his father and makes a violent entrance into Mikey’s already broken home.

Mikey’s father tells him that the woman is his godmother and that he’s expected to obey her without question. “Godmother” wastes no time in turning Mikey’s father against him, accusing the child of setting fires and causing other assortments of trouble that she maliciously plans herself. Her punishments are quick, frequent and painful, and within days of her arrival in the home she subjects Mikey to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Meanwhile, Mikey’s father does nothing to stop her, and the two adults have frequent violent, shouting arguments while Mikey seeks refuge with his cat, Kitty.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services, nearly 700,000 cases of child maltreatment were reported across the country in 2010, but this number only represents anywhere from what experts believe to be five to forty percent of the true number. Because of the staggering amount of cases that go unreported each year, it is easy to argue that millions of helpless children are being victimized in some way. By sharing his experiences, albeit in a fictionalized medium, Toth hopes to give a voice to the countless children who have endured similar hardships, abuse and abandonment.

“Godmother” is unflinching in its portrayal of mental illness and family dysfunction, taking readers on a heartbreaking journey to the poverty-stricken mountains and coal mines of West Virginia.

About the Author
Mike Toth was born and raised in United, West Virginia in 1926. He is the son of a Hungarian coal miner who immigrated to the U.S. in 1909 to pursue the American Dream. Toth joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and studied under the GI Bill after discharge. “Godmother” is his first published book.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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