Thursday, May 30, 2019

Book Beginning: What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath



The courtroom holds a palpable edge, even before the judge takes the bench and trial begins.

What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath by Karen Stefano. Karen Stefano's new memoir is the riveting story of her own attack as a 19-year-old college student and her latent PTSD over 30 years later.

As a lawyer who represents sexual abuse and assault survivors, I am fascinated by her story because she went on to become a criminal defense attorney, often defending men accused of crimes as horrible as the one committed against her.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.


TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


I speak the words that mark my own self-betrayal. "I'm fine," I say.


Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I'm not sure which of your extracts I found most emotionally charged this week!

The opening line really sets the scene alongside the premise.

The '56 Line' has to be one of the most quietly emotional, when all Karen probably wanted to do was scream for help.

The most surprising fact was that Karen then went on to become a defence attorney, so I am wondering if there is a surprise twist or injustice in her story - or am I reading too much into it?!

Thanks for sharing and hosting. Have a good weekend :)


Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

Looks traumatic!

Yvonne said...

Sounds like an intense, emotional book.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

This book must be hard to read. Thank you for representing victims. Please check out my Friday Quotes post

fredamans said...

Sounds like a great read. I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Sounds like it could be a harrowing read. I admire her courage if she then went on to defend such people for work.

Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins said...

Oh, I've heard What The Body Remembers is fantastic - thank you for this teaser, definitely piqued my interest!

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