Untangled: A story of resilience, courage, and triumph Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 621 KB
- Publication Date : August 13, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 224 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B013XA4856
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #819,061 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is an amazing story. I cannot conceive of how the author survived all she went through. An incredibly strong and resilient spirit! The memoir is well-written and the story flows easily. It was a couldn't-put-down book. When her husband tells the mother she has to leave the house at one point, I cheered. And cheered for the author all the way.
I connected with the author especially when she mentioned the physical pain that manifested at the same time as the unblocking of her emotions and memories. Highly recommended.
My own memoir of survival has been a work in progress for years. I was in my early twenties when I first tried to put my story in writing. Today I am in my sixties, and the urgency I feel to speak my truth while I still can is very strong. But writing about these things, even after all these years, is HARD.
Since reading Untangled, I keep telling myself: “If Alexis can do it, I can do it.” And, guess what -- I am doing it!
The day finally came today, and I was absolutely blown away by what the author had to say. As a reader, the beginning chapters are sometimes difficult to follow. As a fellow survivor I understand exactly why they are written in a choppy somewhat difficult to follow format. They describe not only the events that took place in the author’s life, but also how it feels inside a mind fractured by traumatic experience.
I applaud this author for having the courage to publish her story after the horrific situations she endured. It is a haunting, yet beautiful story that desperately needed to be told. I highly recommend it!
The story is both captivating and sincere. The author repeatedly turned to the epicenter of this destruction—her own mother—for safety. Most heartbreaking of all was Rose’s mother’s toxic narcissism and inability to feel compassion for her children. It’s hard to imagine one’s mother as orchestrator of such horrific trauma, yet repeatedly her mother set her up, negotiating and facilitating the conditions of her daughter’s abuse.
Rose finds a way out of the abuse but the effects of complex post traumatic stress disorder are enduring. The second half of the book describes the many influences trauma exerts on her adult life. While her resilience persisted and she found a loving partner and went on to have two children, her suppression of the traumatic events both haunt and threaten her psychologically. Juggling many roles Rose parlays her strength and ability to deny and repress her emotions. Despite her efforts, life becomes increasingly difficult to manage during her children’s teenage years when near tragedy strikes. Towards the end of the book Rose shares her healing through work with an acupuncturist and a trauma therapist.
Untangled is a fascinating case study of complex post traumatic stress disorder. It is also a portrait of personal fortitude and resilience. Alexis Rose is a highly likable narrator. Despite her complicated and painful early experiences she is admirable and relatable.