For more than forty years, Margo Witz has been troubled by the effects of an early childhood trauma she can't remember. Despite years of therapy, she has experienced severe depression and recurrent nightmares. She knows that as an effect of the forgotten trauma, she has difficulty connecting to her own emotions and wants desperately to become normal. When her father needs emergency heart surgery, she travels to Wisconsin to be with her family despite her dread, for her depression usually deepens when she returns to her childhood home. That fact is particularly puzzling, since her energetic, boisterous family has always been loving and supportive. During hours of waiting at the hospital, Margo relives some of the unusual occurrences in her life. Why does she hear an old wooden screen door slam when no one else does? Why was she, as a child, terrified of the walls in her home?
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About the Author
Stephanie Kay Bendel is the author of MAKING CRIME PAY: A Practical Guide to Mystery Writing, as well as A SCREAM AWAY, a romantic thriller published under the house name, Andrea Harris. She has also written numerous short stories and articles on writing. She has taught writing to college and adult education classes. She has run writing workshops for over thirty years.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Exit the Labyrinth: A Memoir of Early Childhood Depression Its Onset and Aftermath by Stephanie Kay Bendel is a tantalizing memoir that brilliantly documents one of the common ills of contemporary man and woman: depression. Growing up as a child, Margo Witz had been plagued by depression. She suffers from recurrent nightmares and can’t understand why she alone could hear a wooden door slam and why nobody else does. She also can’t understand why she was terrified of the walls in her home as a child. She’s grown up depressed and desperately yearning to be healed, but no amount of therapy can unearth the underlying trauma that is behind her condition. But then an event in her family could bring her to confront a past that has been buried in her subconscious for years. Her father needs emergency heart surgery and Margo returns to the one place she’s always dreaded: her home. It is rare to find a memoir so well written that it reads like fiction, but Exit the Labyrinth is one such rare book. It is well crafted and I loved the psychological insights and depth of the story. It is hard for any reader not to sympathize with Margo as they watch her struggle with her emotions. Through each page, the reader hopes that she can uncover the childhood trauma that has left her emotionally crippled, unable to connect fully with her deepest emotions. This memoir features family drama, psychological hurts, a woman’s search for wholeness, and buried family secrets. Stephanie Kay Bendel writes excellently and her prose pulls readers in with its music and rhythm. Here is a story that is as entertaining as it is informative, one of those stories that brilliantly show how our past can arrest our present and deprive us of real inner freedom.