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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
"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

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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: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Spitzer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on July 13, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By d Farrell on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige(ElectivelyPaige) on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booklover9 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Kelly on April 4, 2015
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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.
To bad this wasn't available to her.
Thank you again. God bless you.
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