"An insightful and skillfully woven tale that brings to life the intergenerational legacy of trauma, as well as the power that love and forgiveness have to loosen its stronghold. Masterfully written with a deep psychological understanding of early childhood adversity and the ghosts that linger in its wake."
Dr. Beth Casarjian: Psychologist, Co-Author, Mommy Mantras: Affirmations and Insights to Keep You From Losing Your Mind; and Clinical Director, The Lionheart Foundation.
"In a gripping story that spans four generations of women in her family, Elizabeth Wilcox details the enduring effects of early traumatic events they experienced. Her lively recreation of scenes that shaped their lives, starting with her great grandmother at the turn of the 20th century, offer the reader rich context for appreciating the sources of trauma in her maternal ancestry. Wilcox deftly shifts us from different time periods and changing perspectives throughout her captivating book, inserting salient research about trauma effects and treatment that serve to underscore and explain the struggles of her family members throughout their lifespans. This book makes it clear how a greater emphasis on prevention and treatment of early trauma in children can make the difference between a life of depression and dysfunction and a more hopeful outcome."
Jackie Herbert: Founder, Beerbooksandbands.com and Marketing and Communications Director, Beyondbooksmart.com
"This is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of mothers, daughters and the reverberations of trauma through generations. At the same time, it is an illuminating history of a family experience of World War and its aftermath."
Dr. Emily Hall, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
The Long Tail of Trauma is a poignant memoir that is scaffolded by direct references to the growing body of research into the long term impacts of ‘toxic stress’ and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Wilcox, ‘the writer’ in her family of seven siblings, was asked by her mother--whose childhood was upended at the outbreak of WWII in Europe--to ‘tell her story’ for her. What she grew up knowing of her mother’s disquieting childhood only scratched the surface of what she unearthed in her research about the generations of women who ultimately shaped her. In The Long Tail of Trauma, Wilcox beautifully weaves together the lives and voices of three generations of strong, complex mothers and daughters, and in the process takes the reader on her own journey into the power of empathy, science and personal storytelling to shift the patterns of inherited trauma.
Elizabeth King: Teacher Educator, Instructional Coach, and Adjunct Professor of Educational Research, Washington, D.C.
"An important investigation of trauma made all the more powerful by Wilcox's powerful narrative."
Luke Costley: High School English Teacher and Youth Coach
"We all have generational stories, but often we have not connected the hereditary emotional effects. Nurture or nature? This book brings difficult questions to the fore that we should be asking of our own families and lives."
Rebecca Forrester: Mentor and College Adviser to Disadvantaged Youth
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