Lily's Odyssey

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This psychological detective novel explores the once largely unacknowledged-not only soldiers get post-traumatic stress disorder: that child abuse whether it is overt or covert incest, is a time bomb. Lily's Odyssey unfolds with the inevitability, impact, and resolution of an ancient Greek play. The dialogue rings true, the journey conveyed with moods and half-tones, to portray fragmented Midwestern characters with poignancy. From child to grandmother, Lily's voyage is told with lyricism, humor, and irony through...
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Overview

This psychological detective novel explores the once largely unacknowledged-not only soldiers get post-traumatic stress disorder: that child abuse whether it is overt or covert incest, is a time bomb. Lily's Odyssey unfolds with the inevitability, impact, and resolution of an ancient Greek play. The dialogue rings true, the journey conveyed with moods and half-tones, to portray fragmented Midwestern characters with poignancy. From child to grandmother, Lily's voyage is told with lyricism, humor, and irony through a poet's voice to distill American life in religion, marriage, and family. A contemporary odyssey without maps by a woman short listed for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for Best New Writing, a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner.
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Editorial Reviews

Katie McKy
Smallwood is a watcher. Her eyes are unblinking. And her ears can detect the mercurial ticks of a heart. As a storyteller, she’s as sure as any Preakness jockey. She knows when words need to clip-clop up to the gate, when to bide, and when to unfetter them, to let the truth loose. Truth thunders in Lily's Odyssey. –Katie McKy, author of Pumpkin Town, Houghton Mifflin, and Wolf Camp, Tanglewood Press.
Sandra Potter
Smallwood is an incredibly gifted author with a broad range of experience. She demonstrates commitment to conscience in her work through Michigan Feminist Studies, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, and Best New Writing 2009. –Sandra Potter, CEO & Founder, Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, http://www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com; co-author, Unnecessary Roughness: Till Death Do Us Part; The Child Abuse Survivor Project.
Janet Muirhead Hill
Lily's Odyssey opens a door on a dark and secret history as Lily slowly unravels the cause of post-traumatic symptoms that disrupt her adult life. With poignant lyricism and clear articulation, author Smallwood portrays the prevalent and far-reaching shame of child abuse and incest, revealing how it cripples each victim and impacts the world. —Janet Muirhead Hill, Kyleah's Tree, finalist, Parmly Billings High Plains Book Award; author of the Miranda and Starlight book series; founder, Rav
Carolyn Davis
Carol Smallwood’s novel is an exquisitely written tale of a woman’s observations and self-analysis. Vignettes of Lily’s life provide the background for her assessment. Smallwood is a poet and editor, and this book evinces her significant abilities. It is a work of art. —Carolyn Davis, author of How to Write Persuasively, for Greenwood Guides to Writing, Greenwood Press, and “Tales from Wales,” for Technicalities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984098453
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Smallwood has appeared in English Journal, Michigan Feminist Studies, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Journal of Formal Poetry, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News, and anthologies. The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing by the American Library Association, is her 19th book. She's in Who's Who in America; in Best New Writing 2009; Eric Hoffer Award Short List.
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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
    DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN
    www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com

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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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