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This review is from: The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse (Paperback)
What I really appreciated about this book was that Jane didn't have many precise memories about what had happened to her. She had some, but what's more important, she had deeply-felt emotions and sensations regarding the sexual abuse. I feel this is so important because many people repress memories of the past, but they can't repress the strong feeling that something is wrong, something happened. In River of Forgetting Jane Rowan relates how she learns to trust the feelings and work with them. In this way the book makes a very important contribution to the literature on childhood sexual abuse. I'm also thrilled by how Jane not only shows how to heal from such experiences, but actually transforms her relationships and work--in fact her whole life--out of them. She does just what's in front of her day by day, taking the time to explore everything that comes up, trusting the process, trusting herself. That's this book's most important lesson.