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  • Posted August 29, 2010

    A Must Read!!!

    "Lily's Odyssey" is a painful, but necessary in-depth look at an extremely difficult topic.

    As the CEO & Founder of a worldwide child abuse & neglect organization, I have read and researched a great deal of the literature and books on the subject of child sexual abuse. This is one of the best

    books written at really conveying the after-effects, pain and impact upon a developing young mind and body.

    While novels reflect the human condition and provide the reader with vicarious experiences, a biography brings life itself to the printed page. Autobiography and memoirs are especially intriguing, despite the

    fact that the author may only reveals those aspects of her life that she chooses to share with others. Autobiography and memoirs most often provide a catharsis for the author. The writer relives her experiences

    by sharing them with her readers. The memoirist enhances the understanding of human psychology through sharing experiences with others, while she views herself simultaneously.

    "Lily's Odyssey" remains the definitive argument for the overwhelming prevalence of incestuous abuse. It is an extremely powerful read for anyone who wants to understand, relate to, or comprehend what child

    molestation and incest is really like. "Lily's Odyssey", despite its painful subject, is beautifully written and highly inspirational. I recommend this book and will utilize it in all of my workshops on abuse and to my

    clients that are ready to face their pain and recover. I am grateful that Carol Smallwood shared her continuing journey with us as it is guaranteed to help many.

    Sandra Potter
    CEO & Founder

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Peeling the Onion

    Smallwood's Lily emerges in the Odyssey as an orphaned child at three who is raised by an incestuous uncle and a God-fearing Catholic aunt; an unhappily married surgeon's wife; a mother of two children; a divorcee, when her husband marries his receptionist; the sister of a bishop; a grandmother; a master's degree holder in geology; a retired faculty and a well-published researcher; an atheist; a person who is drawn to three different males in her life: her psychiatrist, psychologist, and her professor; and as a cancer survivor - all while coping from child abuse (PTSD of covert incest) and getting treated for her obsession for abandoned animals and plants. Smallwood uses the technique of merging and floating time to reflect the 1940-born Wisconsinite Lily's trauma. The reader can also discern Smallwood's extensive knowledge of various subjects from the descriptive passages in the novel.

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