From the Publisher
"After Silence is a book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone."
New York Times Book Review
"There are few published first-person accounts of the experience of being sexually pillaged and its aftermath. After Silence is one of the first and, I would wager, it is always going to be one of the best."
New York Times Book Review
"Neither self-pitying nor shrill, Raine has achieved an impressive balance between a starkly candid memoir of a personal trauma and an ingenious literary discussion of an all-too-often unspeakable crime."
"As Raine takes us through her personal journey of recovery, she also explores the shifting cultural consciousness toward rape. . . . It's this willingness to interrogate the world around her, combined with an emotional honesty that portrays intimate drama without resorting to sensationalism, that makes After Silence one of the most important memoirs of the 1990s."
Ron Hogan, Amazon.com
"Terrifying though it is, I couldn't put this book down. . . . What attracted and held me is Raine's engagement with the material, her engagement with her life. And she is wise; she knows a lot about life. If you have been raped, you must read this. Even if your life is going well, this book will hold you rapt, for it tells us what we most want to hear: if we work at it, life may give us a second chance."
Jesse Kornbluth, AOL.com
"A brave, an important, and a necessary book."
Linda M. Williams
[The book conveys] the damage wrought by [rape victims'] silence....should be read by anyone who cares about women and rape....and by everyone who thinks we have paid too much attention to the victimization of women or who thinks that women should just 'get over it.'
The Women's Review of Books
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On October 11, 1992, the seventh anniversary of her rap, eRaine determined that she would write about her assault and recovery. Six years of reflection and wide-ranging research served this talented writer well, for her account, studded with references to everything from Greek myths to government statistics, is fascinating and surprisingly readable. Raine describes the rape itself with remarkable objectivity. Then she describes the many small steps that she, like so many other rape victims, took to cope with the shame and ruptured faith that were the cruel legacy of her attack. After a period of relative isolation, followed by a stretch of believing she had "gotten over it," Raine was hit with intense depression. But the psychotherapy she underwent at the time, combined presumably with the writing of this book, helped bring her at last to a place where she can voice the pain of her experience, even if she can't erase it. Skillfully interwoven into this narrative are insightful digressions into, for example, the neurological underpinnings of post-traumatic stress disorder and the psychology behind that powerful emotion, shame. Neither self-pitying nor shrill, Raine has achieved an impressive balance between a starkly candid memoir of personal trauma and an ingenious literary discussion of an all-too-often unspeakable crime.
An exquisitely written account of a personal journey to hell and back. Raine's story of coming to terms with the rape that occurred when she was 39 years old is at once emotionally searing and insightful. A writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and 'Southern Poetry Review, Raine writes with a rare eloquence even as she describes the most horrible scenes and emotions. As she waits in the hospital for medical help, for instance, after being raped and tortured for three hours, she describes herself as 'the scene of a crime.' The woman she was before the rape has simply disappeared. 'The rapist had stolen something at the center of what I had known as myself,' she confides. 'The rapist himself might be caught, but he could never produce the woman who had not been raped.' This book is Raine's attempt to rediscover that woman. While some memoirs are forthrightly revisionist, Raine courageously leaves no part of her inner soul unbared and no social taboo unquestioned as she seeks to better understand one of America's most unspeakable crimes. Using herself as an example, she explains how rape survivors frequently absorb the self-loathing and hatred that so often propel rapists to commit their crimes. She questions society's discomfort with this so-called 'sexual' crime and how our unwillingness to acknowledge and discuss rapenone of her friends ever asked her exactly what happenedhelps to perpetuate victims' angst and shame. And Raine meticulously explains how post-traumatic stress syndrome commonly affects rape survivors years after the actual event. This elegiac odyssey toward understanding will speak to anyone who has undergone a similardisaster and brings light to a subject generally cloaked in darkness.