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Seeking Rapture: Scenes from a Woman's Life Paperback – June 1, 2004
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Ms. Harrison's newest book, "Seeking Rapture - Scenes From A Woman's Life" are selected stories from a life of many levels. From the abandonment of a mother, betrayal of a father, motherhood and lighter mood stories of cheating on her driver's test, Ms. Harrison's work is never boring and always effective.
"Seeking Rapture" is a wonderful collection of prose from an exceptionally talented writer who never seems to shy away from the taboo or shocking and, I really admire her for that.
In "Seeking Rapture," Harrison lays bare her soul, opens up her veins and in the process reveals a tortured relationship with her family and specifically her mother: "Mysteriously, unexpectedly, this stranger (a Christian Scientist practitioner) had ushered me into an experience I cannot help but call rapture. I felt myself separated from my flesh and from all earthly things...I had no words for what happened---I have few now, almost forty years later...I learned at aged six, that transcendence was possible: that spirit could conquer matter, and that therefore I could overcome whatever obstacles prevented my mother's loving me. I could overcome myself."
But like many who have tortured relationships with a parent, Harrison cannot help but be the dutiful daughter and when her mother becomes ill, she attends to her: "In trying to explain why she (Harrison's mother) had been so remote, my mother told me that inside herself she had discovered a fortress, assembled brick by brick by psychic brick to defend herself against my grandmother. `The problem is,' she said, starting to cry, `I don't know the way out. I'm stuck inside myself."
So much of this book is so honest and probing that you will have a hard time reading through some sections without wincing at the truthful, heartfelt prose. But what you also take with you after the last page is read is the feeling that for Harrison these recollections equal catharsis. As she writes in "Mother's Day Card" when she talks to her dead mother at the side of her children's beds: "Each night, by their beds, knees mortified by Lego, elbows planted among stuffed animals, I'm being rehabilitated."
Kathryn became a successful author in spite of the way she grew up and all the challenges she faced. She married another successful author (not sure which came first!), Colin Harrison, and they had 2 children. What struck me was the rawness of her honesty and how we (I) look at her first as successful and rich, then as an author, then whatever......
And this book points out that we all have our rich history, our stories of what make us who we are.
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Kathryn Harrison has been a favorite author of mine for years and Amazon allows me to search and find books you do not find in the bookstores.Published on September 20, 2010 by stewart5fam
Seeking Rapture. Kathryn Harrison is a very complex person, the result of a traumatic life, stranded between her irresponsibly mother and her grandmother who raised her. Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by Bernardo Paris