Recovered Memories

Recovered memories

“People don’t make up things like that for fun.”

That’s what Jane’s therapist tells her when Jane reports fragmentary memories from her childhood that hint at sexual abuse. A busy, successful scientist, Jane at first tries to fight the implications, but finally has to admit that something indeed happened. With help from a gifted therapist as well as writing, movement, and drawing, Jane taps into her own aliveness and comes to terms with both her parents’ love and their betrayal.

This powerful, deeply personal memoir invites the reader behind the closed doors of the therapist’s office and into the author’s journal and her very body. Jane’s tender story shows how we can use the challenges of painful childhood traumas to transform our lives with power and joy.

This book is

  • a healing memoir about incest and recovery
  • the story of a deep, successful therapy
  • a detailed exploration of Inner Child work
  • an illustration of the power of creative work—writing, drawing, and dance—to aid in inner transformation
  • a very frank, tender, and vulnerable narrative of recovered memories and their aftermath
The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse,by Jane Rowan. The Booksmyth Press, Shelburne Falls, 2010. 255 pages, 6 x 9 trade paperback.  ISBN: 9780981583020