Author at age 8, 1952.
A Quick Overview
book deals in a poignant, rather moving way with child abuse. It
presents the terror that the child experiences over and over in
a manner that cannot be found in other books. It looks at the
struggle that the abused child turned adult goes through in
trying to live a somewhat normal life. Finally it shows the
destruction that can occur when a family decides to hide land of
origin, language, religion, names, and traditions. To top it all
off, it reads like a mystery.
In one sense A
Still, Small Voice: Healing from Abuse deals with the story
of three brothers who were raised as orthodox Jews in the United
States. They decide, in 1933, to hide the fact that they are
Jewish. Kate, the main character, is the child of one of the
brothers. The book deals with Kate's attempts to find her
missing grandmother, her attempts to break through the wall of
silence surrounding the past, and the effects on the families of
denying land, language, religion, name, and tradition.
In another sense,
the book deals with Kate’s attempts to break through the wall of
her own dissociation in order to repair the damage of physical,
sexual, and emotional abuse that she experienced as a child. The
story follows Kate’s growing awareness of what was done to her
as she works with Renee, a superbly gifted therapist. The
childhood portion is presented through flashback. Perhaps thirty
percent of the book occurs in work with Renee.
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Diane K. Lavett.
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