Piper Weiss was fourteen-years-old when her middle-aged tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, one of New York City's most prestigious private instructors, attempted to kidnap one of his other teenage students. In the aftermath, authorities discovered that this well-known-figure among the Upper East Side tennis crowd was actually a frightening child predator, who had built a secret torture chamber—a “Cabin of Horrors”—in his secluded rental in the Adirondacks. Twenty years later, Weiss examines the event as both a teenage eyewitness and a dispassionate investigative reporter, hoping to understand and exorcise the childhood memories that haunt her to this day. Combining research, interviews, and personal records, You All Grow Up and Leave Me explores the psychological manipulation of child predators—their ability to charm their way into seemingly protected worlds—and the far-reaching effects their actions have on those who trust them most.
Piper Weiss is the author of the photo anthology, My Mom, Style Icon and the new memoir, You All Grow Up and Leave Me. She has served as an editor at Yahoo and the New York Daily News and as Editorial Director at Hello Giggles. She is currently the Editor-In-Chief/Chief Content Officer at Levo.
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