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The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma by Helen Epstein (74,000 words, 8 illustrations)

“In this poignant, vividly written and fearlessly frank memoir, Helen Epstein delves into... the multi-layered ambiguities of love, intimate relationships, and post-Holocaust American lives. More than a chronicle of events, this is a true labor of memory, in which the story of the body is inseparable from the narrative of the self.” —
Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation

“Helen Epstein has crafted an unclassifiable masterwork of nonfiction from the materials of personal memory, family history, romance, and trauma. Never in her distinguished career has Epstein written more openly or more beautifully.” —
David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña

“This book invents its own genre. Journalist Helen Epstein suspects sexual abuse in her childhood and investigates with the full arsenal of what is available to her as an adult: the literature on trauma and false memory; the tools of psychoanalysis as well as a sophisticated understanding of its limitations; the toolkits of an historian and ethnographer. And access to a key witness.” —
Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

“In midlife, well settled in marriage and motherhood, Epstein is impelled to revisit the legacy of her childhood. As she risks both her own sanity and the relationships she holds most dear, Epstein illustrates the complex moral and psychological effects of trauma, and the gritty process of recovery.” —
Judith Herman M.D., author of Trauma and Recovery

“Candid and penetrating... Epstein meticulously unravels the fabric of her past... A relentlessly probing memoir of a search for self-knowledge.” — Kirkus