In my creative nonfiction, The Long Tail of Trauma, a daughter explores her harrowing maternal history of repeated early childhood trauma in an attempt to better understand its present day trans-generational effects.
The novel creates a dual timeline narrative: historical (a multigenerational female narrative through two world wars) and present day (as shaped by her mother’s PTSD). The nonfiction novel is Informed by the author's work researching and writing in the early childhood and trauma-related non-profit sectors and integrates psychological findings related to adult mental health, early childhood separation and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). At the same time, the book provides a compelling and emotive story that focuses on the often overlooked war-time female experience, providing a powerful lens through which to see the impact of parental trauma not only on the parent but on the children they raise.
I have extensive experience presenting as a former broadcast journalist and author to community groups, institutions, book groups and media. I am available for virtual presentations, as well as in-person ones when those are allowed.
"Love it! Let me preorder 6 copies for my book group. Then will you come and talk?" - Doctor and mother of three grown children.
"Can I schedule you into my classroom now?" High School English Teacher.
"This book is a perfect book club book." - Publisher who was interested in this work.
"You need to talk to community groups and classrooms." - Recent graduate of Harvard School of Education and Head of Research and Training at an educational, training and advocacy organization.
"Contact me and I'll set up your book discussion now for September." - Independent Bookstore Owner.
"An upcoming book on the inheritability of trauma as seen through the lens of offspring of survivors of war? Call me." - First generation American of Armenian descent.
If you'd like me to talk to your group, email me details. You also may preorder copies of my book here.