A family implodes when a relative makes an accusation of extreme sexual impropriety. F.A. Loomis—author of historical works such as As Long As Life, The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor, fiction including Frankie Ravan and Blue Duwamish, and poetry chapbooks East West West East and Salmon River Lookout—takes readers on a journey into the bizarre world of "Repressed Memory Syndrome" where psychotherapists and troubled individuals create realities based on observations of the behavior of alleged perpetrators.
It all starts simply in therapy, with shared insights and suggestions, then the gates of hell are entered where there is no longer a connection to a world of common sense or fairness. One day life is filled with normal challenges and the next there are deeper anomalies, proclivities, and aberrations whose roots are deeper than it is possible to discover. What is often left after a binge of destructive accusations is still more roadbed and endless,... More > unexpected surprises.< Less
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By Rae Ann Norell
Nov 10, 2011
Having been a clinical social worker for 20 years, I know that child sexual abuse exists and can have long-lasting and traumatic impact on that child for years to come. However, I also am familiar with "repressed memory syndrome" which Mr. Loomis so artfully describes in this novel. The book held my interest from cover to cover. It describes how an over-zealous therapist inflicted pain and long-lasting trauma on a family by pressuring a vulnerable young girl to "remember" events that didn't happen. The resulting damage to the extended family was inevitable. Mr. Loomis is a skilled writer and I look forward to readiing more of his books.
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