Lily's Odysseyby Carol Smallwood
Lily's Odyssey unfolds with the inevitability, impact, and resolution of an ancient Greek play. The dialogue rings true, the journey is conveyed with moods and
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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 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 is 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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Carol Smallwood’s work has appeared in English Journal, Michigan Feminist Studies, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Journal of Formal Poetry, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News, and anthologies. She ‘s a 2010 Short List Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award for Best New Writing; 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner, and appears in Contemporary Authors; Who’s Who in America. Lily’s Odyssey, her first novel, is her 22nd published book.
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"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
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.