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The Year After: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Warner
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"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
"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
"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
"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

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Kindle edition of The Year After is available for .99 through Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

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  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489557822
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it now! July 13, 2014
By Annette
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 A Beautifully Written Memoir February 8, 2015
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2014 may finally be the year when the public dialogue about rape has shifted, resulting in the universal acknowledgment that it is a horrible crime.

If so, this will be due in large part to individual women who have bravely come forward to tell their story. Ashley Warner is such a woman, and The Year After is a beautifully written memoir. Her telling of the crime, for all its brevity, captured the experience without my being overwhelmed by its horror. But this is really a story about the year after, and not the rape itself.

In reading this book I felt admiration and pride, not pity, over her struggle to rebuild her life. The book compels all of us to stand up, support, and honor those who have triumphed over the trauma of rape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. November 21, 2014
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Ashley's writing is so SO beautiful. It reminded me of Rachel Thompson's prose and perhaps Jewel's as well. Poetic, deeply soulful...true...and raw. The format is unusual for a book on this subject but I think it really worked. I found great solace and connection to Ashley reading this book, realising that my own feelings in the aftermath were completely normal. I am currently writing about my own experience 17 years ago and this book has inspired me to keep going. I wish the author all the best on her acting and writing career. You have written something unbelievable...I hope it has given you the peace you so deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story of healing December 1, 2013
By Kim G.
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A wonderful, profound book. The author takes us from the day of her rape through her often excruciating healing process during the first year after; from shock and numbness, to (seemingly relentless) self-blame, to anger, to eventual healing and peace--PTSD and beyond. She describes the many ways it affected her life in that year--both emotionally and practically--the people who helped and those who didn't, and the process of helping catch and convict the rapist. She incorporates memories of her childhood and takes us to her now happy, successful life. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, unique, and inspirational December 15, 2013
By David
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I am so glad I discovered this book! Ashley Warner tells her heartbreaking story of deep trauma, and her road back to recovery, in a way that is utterly absorbing. Her unique voice comes right through and makes an instant connection with the reader – as tragic as the core events are, she is able to describe her journey in frank detail, but often with great beauty and dark humor. Men and women alike will find a hugely compelling source of inspiration in “The Year After”, whatever your own life experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Year After: A Memoir by Ashley Warner
Thank you for sharing. I'm so sorry you wen through that. This will without
a doubt help others. Though it has never happened to me it did to my sister. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
Very hard and awakening glimpse of the effects rape can have on someone. Her journey is harsh but gives hope. A most read.
Published 4 months ago by Josepha Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book written by a friends friend.
Published 6 months ago by Phyllis B. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard read but worth every moment as a courageous ...
A hard read but worth every moment as a courageous woman shared her thoughts and feelings day by day about being raped.
Published 7 months ago by Gladys E Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars A very delicate and raw LOOK at a rape victim
Excellent reading. I recommend this book to ALL women whether they have been raped.
A true, raw tale. I could feel her anguish
Published 8 months ago by Kendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
An amazing account of a horrendous experience. Any person who has suffered the same or similar will surely draw strength from this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and honest
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Erin Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
This is a remarkable book. Ashley Warner has an exceptional ability to confront, articulate, and share her experience of the trauma of rape. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Will R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and Courageous
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Opiegirl
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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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