Deb Kline

Forgetting to Remember

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A beacon of hope. Deb Kline's heart-wrenching and soul-giving true story, offers a love letter to kindred incest and rape survivors, a guidebook to those who love and care for them, and a powerful vicarious experience to help us all empathize with the plight of one in four girls and one in six boys.  Out of deep wounding, the author emerges a healer by courageously trekking inward, dodging monsters in her psyche, and stumbling downward into the shadows of forgotten trauma. There, she unearths dark family secrets. Her adult life shatters into chaos when these childhood memories resurface.  During this chaos, Deb rediscovers what she had learned in order to survive-that artistry is soul medicine. Music, poetry, dance and art, her heart's compositions become her healing balm.  Captivating, devastating, perceptive, and life affirming, Forgetting to Remember exposes the intimate damage of trauma and embodies the triumphant human spirit. As Nancy Jones, PhD, Director Emeritus, Writing Resource Center, University of Iowa College of Law, puts it, «If you ever wanted evidence that artistry can heal, look no further than Deb Kline's Forgetting to Remember. The story tells Kline's path from incest and rape-with all the brokenness and shattered sense of herself that this abuse wrought-towards the wholeness that years of increasing self-awareness and work with professionals in western and eastern medicine make possible. The narrative itself is riveting, but more arresting is the sheer beauty of the story's form, and of the sentences that, through sophisticated metaphors and stylistic shapes, catch readers up in lyricism…. Kline has turned her story into art, enfolding herself in art's healing powers, and taking readers along for the illuminating and transcendent ride.»

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275 printed pages
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