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The Year After: A Memoir

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
With unflinching honesty and unsinkable spirit, The Year After offers a rare and intimate portrait of trauma. Inspired by original journal entries, the daily challenges of recovery from rape at the restless age of 24 are artfully interwoven with reflections from early childhood and twenty years beyond in the search for understanding so familiar to those who have wrestled w ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 20th 2013)
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Anne Catherine
This is a must-read, actually written by an old friend. While it feels wrong to call the story of person's personal trauma, despair, grieving and ultimate recovery "a page-turner," The Year After is one I could not put down. Ashley Warner has shared her personal journey in a beautifully-written, heart-wrenching, candid and sometimes humorous manner that taught this reader more than any textbook could about the emotional destruction of rape. Very hard to believe this is her first book. Read it.
It holds you until you are done- moving story that shows the deep pain that someone can survive.
It took me a few days after reading this before I could write this review. In my opinion, that's the sign of something truly amazing-- when you have to take time to process it. It's almost like, in reading something like this, your life will never be the same.

Ashley Warner has done something that took so much bravery, I can't even imagine. She's taken her experience, something so terrible, vile, and a million other words such as those, and documented it and turned it into this, the true 'Year A
Remind yourself right now: Never judge a book by its cover. In the case of The Year After: A Memoir (2013), its looks – like its title – appear rather bland. But inside is a gripping story that might even bring tears to your eyes. You see, the author Ashley Warner was raped. Her book is an almost day-by-day account of what happened starting from the moment a stranger forced himself into her apartment to the first-year anniversary of her survival. It’s a rare look into a victim’s mind during the ...more
Jessica Bang
A brave and necessary voice. "Rape culture" cannot just stay a statistic or a topic that makes discussions awkward. Don't pretend to know if you haven't actually "listened." It's not that things get left unsaid; they go unlistened.
Vanessa Largie
Unbelievably beautiful, poetic, lyrical, raw, melodic, heart breaking. Yeah, I read it in two days. It's a must read for rape survivors.
David Weiss
This is a gripping read, from beginning to end. Ashley Warner's tale of trauma and recovery is written with frank detail, deep beauty and dark humor. No matter what you've been through yourself, this utterly unique book will leave you inspired and motivated.
Erika Edwards
Thank you Ashley! You have paved the way for other survivors of sexual assault, like me, to heal.
A long, hard read but worth it! Subject matter is not glossed over, which is why I had to put the book down several times, but, the end chapters give something to rejoice. Great read for survivors.
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Ashley Warner is a writer and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the photographer Hugo Fernandez.
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