You All Grow Up And Leave Me: A Memoir Of Teenage Obsession

You All Grow Up And Leave Me: A Memoir Of Teenage Obsession

Synopsis

A highly unsettling blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir— The Stranger Beside Me meets Prep—that presents an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of girlhood within Manhattan’s exclusive prep-school scene in the early 1990s, and a thoughtful meditation on adolescent obsession and the vulnerability of youth.

Piper Weiss was fourteen years old when her middle-aged tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, one of New York City’s most prestigious private instructors, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his 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.

Before the shocking scandal broke, Piper had been thrilled to be one of "Gary’s Girls." "Grandpa Gary," as he was known among his students, was different from other adults—he treated Piper like a grown-up, taking her to dinners, engaging in long intimate conversations with her, and sending her special valentines. As reporters swarmed her private community in the wake of Wilensky’s death, Piper learned that her mentor was a predator with a sordid history of child stalking and sexual fetish. But why did she still feel protective of Gary, and why was she disappointed that he hadn’t chosen her?

Now, twenty years later, Piper 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 by 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.

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Chapters

  • 001 You All Grow Up and Leave Me
    Duration: 13s
  • 002 Preface
    Duration: 01min
  • 003 Prologue
    Duration: 03min
  • 004 Girl
    Duration: 13min
  • 005 Man
    Duration: 07min
  • 006 Girl-School
    Duration: 15min
  • 007 Girl-Home
    Duration: 16min
  • 008 Man-Home
    Duration: 12min
  • 009 Girl-First Lesson
    Duration: 09min
  • 010 Girl-Self Defense
    Duration: 17min
  • 011 Girl-Good
    Duration: 04min
  • 012 Archivists, Exes, Dead People
    Duration: 21min
  • 013 Man-Portrait
    Duration: 07min
  • 014 Girl-Portrait
    Duration: 13min
  • 015 Girl-Kiss
    Duration: 16min
  • 016 Girl-New Lesson
    Duration: 14min
  • 017 Man-Favorites
    Duration: 08min
  • 018 Child Allies
    Duration: 10min
  • 019 Reporters, Survivors, Old Flames
    Duration: 11min
  • 020 Man-Movie Character
    Duration: 09min
  • 021 Girl-X Rated
    Duration: 05min
  • 022 Girl-Candy Man
    Duration: 10min
  • 023 Girl, Storm
    Duration: 11min
  • 024 Man, Storm
    Duration: 10min
  • 025 Girl-Breakup
    Duration: 05min
  • 026 Girl-Love Songs
    Duration: 03min
  • 027 Mothers, Fathers, Others
    Duration: 17min
  • 028 Collectors, Photographers, Stalkers
    Duration: 08min
  • 029 Detectives, Talk Show Hosts, Defenders
    Duration: 08min
  • 030 Man-New Home
    Duration: 05min
  • 031 Girl- New Friends
    Duration: 12min
  • 032 Girl-Man Trouble
    Duration: 01min
  • 033 Girl-Shame
    Duration: 06min
  • 034 Girl-Brave
    Duration: 05min
  • 035 Cutters
    Duration: 09min
  • 036 Old Friends
    Duration: 13min
  • 037 Man, Costume
    Duration: 06min
  • 038 Girl-Play
    Duration: 07min
  • 039 Girl-Man and Girl
    Duration: 06min
  • 040 Romantics
    Duration: 09min
  • 041 Girl-Mean Man
    Duration: 05min
  • 042 Girl-Body
    Duration: 05min
  • 043 Girl-Drugged
    Duration: 08min
  • 044 Man, Revenge
    Duration: 09min
  • 045 Girl-Revenge
    Duration: 05min
  • 046 Man-Gun
    Duration: 05min
  • 047 Girl-Dead Man
    Duration: 20min
  • 048 Mothers and Daughters
    Duration: 10min
  • 049 Ghosts
    Duration: 33min
  • 050 Epilogue
    Duration: 03min
  • 051 Credits
    Duration: 35s

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