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The Year After: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Warner
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With unflinching honesty and unsinkable spirit, The Year After offers a rare and intimate portrait of trauma. Inspired by original journal entries, the daily challenges of recovery from rape at the restless age of 24 are artfully interwoven with reflections from early childhood and twenty years beyond in the search for understanding so familiar to those who have wrestled with life-changing upheaval. Now a psychoanalyst, Warner subtly brings a forward-looking perspective to the narrative while remaining true to the arduous journey through emotional volatility, interpersonal conflict, and the tasks of criminal prosecution after the rapist is identified in a lineup. The result is an empowering memoir about the courage to heal and the promise of peace.


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"In clear, vivid detail, and in nearly poetic moments of prose, Warner recounts the year after her ordeal, affectingly relating the uncontrollable anger and overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that consumed her as she tried to come to terms with her trauma. Although her story is heartbreaking, Warner's courageous tale of recovery will likely serve as a guiding light to those who've had similar, life-altering experiences. An honest, moving and inspirational memoir of recovery." -Kirkus Reviews
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"The Year After offers a compelling account of a rape survivor's journey from victim to victorious. Because of its groundbreaking format, the reader is given rare opportunity to experience a revealing narrative of the emotional complexities experienced by victims of sexual assault. Not only does The Year After validate any victim's suffering, it also gives them a road map toward a full and healthy recovery." - Rachel A. Sussman, LCSW, author of The Breakup Bible: The Smart Woman's Guide to Healing from a Breakup or Divorce
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"Courageous and emotionally riveting, Ashley Warner's account of her year 'after' eloquently portrays the pain and self-doubt so common in the aftermath of sexual assault. Told with the right dose of humor, this gift will be an inspiration to rape survivors, trauma therapists, and anyone who dares to take a good look at the difficult process of healing from trauma." - Jean Goldberg, LCSW, Crime Victims Treatment Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, NY, NY
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"A beautiful and brave book, it will inspire insight and empathy for therapists and lay people alike." - Lee Whitman-Raymond, poet and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, author of the light on our faces, and other poems

From the Author

Thank you to those who contributed to my June fundraiser to benefit RAINN- the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.

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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars After Twenty Years... June 24, 2014
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I have known Ashley since shortly after the events in the book.

Know then that I am not an objective reviewer.

I knew she was writing this book.

And while the book is quite disturbing, it is nevertheless a page turner, and gave this male some limited insight into an all too frequent nightmare for half of humanity.

Buy it.

Read it.

Share it.

You will not regret doing so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it now! July 13, 2014
By Annette
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Remind yourself right now: Never judge a book by its cover. In the case of The Year After: A Memoir (2013), its looks – like its title – appear rather bland. But inside is a gripping story that might even bring tears to your eyes. You see, the author Ashley Warner was raped. Her book is an almost day-by-day account of what happened starting from the moment a stranger forced himself into her apartment to the first-year anniversary of her survival. It’s a rare look into a victim’s mind during the assault and how she slowly manages to put her shambled life back to together.

When I began reading, one of the first things I noticed was how much Warner did “right.” Her immediately reported the incident, submitted to a medical examination, and sought the comfort of family and friends. In addition, the legal proceedings went rather favorably for her. This is not to say that everything was hunky-dory. Warner was constantly in doubt about her self-worth and her actions. Did she deserve to be raped? Was she wrong in submitting and not physically defending herself? Would she ever be able to have a normal relationship again? She also suffered financially, tolerated sexual harassment from unsympathetic coworkers, and alienated friends and family who didn’t know how to relate to her problem. But she somehow she managed, seeking solace in a support group and empowerment in a self-defense class. And by taking her time, Warner heals. She masters up the courage to try new things, pursue a new career, and eventually take ownership over her sexuality.

I’d recommend The Year After for books clubs and support groups because there’s so many discussion possibilities. Family and friends are both help and hindrance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! December 30, 2013
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I really appreciate Ashley's willingness and ability to tell her story of the year following the rape. Her book is inspiring as she expertly weaves through her various experiences, feelings, thoughts and emotions. Her humor, sadness and rage and detail of the conviction of the perpetrator was really terrific. She tells such an important story as so many girls and women experience sexual and violent trauma in their lives. It's a story I will want my girls to read as they get older to understand trauma from such an honest narrative and to know that there can be healing from such an awful experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and honest June 6, 2014
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This book was altogether heartbreaking and inspiring. Ashley's willingness to give readers an intimate look at this life-altering trauma and the often painful recovery process demonstrates the strength of the human spirit. She shines a light on the path to recovery and offers hope to all those who are or may be touched by a viloent trauma. A truly remarkable book written by a brave and compassionate soul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable February 11, 2014
By Will R.
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This is a remarkable book. Ashley Warner has an exceptional ability to confront, articulate, and share her experience of the trauma of rape. In doing so she richly expands the reader's understanding of this trauma (and other traumas), its effects, and the path to healing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and Courageous February 4, 2014
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A very sensitive and powerful memoir of survival and courage. I recommend it as an inspirational starting point for anyone - especially for people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Deftly crafted, Ms. Warner bares all to help others who are walking a similar road. Brava!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a compelling, healing read January 10, 2014
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Ashley Warner has given us a gift. Her brave, shocking, funny retelling of her trip through hell offers a roadmap for recovery and health. I was and am deeply moved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life-Changing Memoir-Truly Inspiring! January 5, 2014
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It took me a few days after reading this before I could write this review. In my opinion, that's the sign of something truly amazing-- when you have to take time to process it. It's almost like, in reading something like this, your life will never be the same.

Ashley Warner has done something that took so much bravery, I can't even imagine. She's taken her experience, something so terrible, vile, and a million other words such as those, and documented it and turned it into this, the true 'Year After' You follow her through that first year with, as the synopsis says, unflinching honesty. You see as she does her best to move on just going through the motions, finding herself angry at every person but the one who did that most horrible thing to her. Yet, you watch her ups and her downs, and ultimately her triumphs. I cannot praise this memoir enough, one of the best I've read in a long while. Sometimes there's those books that make you feel like there aren't enough "stars" in your rating system to describe how beautiful they are. Mrs. Warner has inspired me so much by writing this, sharing her story. This will stay with me for a long while. I highly recommend, walking in Ashley's shoes by reading this has certainly given me a new outlook on a lot of things.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. This, however, in no way affected my thoughts expressed in this review.*
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Ashley Warner is an author, psychoanalyst, and anti-sexual violence advocate in New York City. "The Year After: A Memoir" is her first book.

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