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The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir

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The Long Tail of Trauma covers the lives of five generations of the author’s maternal ancestors from 1904-2018, through Europe and America. The long tail refers to multigenerational family trauma that begins near Liverpool before World War I and continues through Operation Pied Piper and the PTSD era in America.

The author’s journey becomes an exploration into attachment a
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Paperback, 266 pages
Expected publication: November 11th 2020 by Green Place Books
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Marilyn
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir by Elizabeth Wilcox was a work of love, exploration, determination, understanding, compassion and searching for answers about childhood trauma and how that trauma may be inherited and passed down from one generation to the next. The childhoods of Elizabeth’s mother, grandmother and great grandmother were riddled with trauma and each of their lives and the decisions they made had a domino effect on each other. I was immediately drawn into the history of this fami ...more
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The Long Tail of Trauma – A Memoir
Elizabeth Wilcox

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A writer delves deeply into her family history for greater understanding of how mothers give, and their daughters receive, through generations.

In the opening scene of this time-hopping tale, Wilcox is twenty-two, recently graduated from college, and being visited by her mother, Barbara. She acknowledges to herself that she has enjoyed security and an education thanks to her parents and should try harder to commun
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Amy Shannon
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magnificently told!

Wilcox pens an incredible memoir in The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir. This is the first book of this author's that I've read. Wilcox writes, "This is a story of mothers. This is a story of daughters. This is a story of the trauma we carry and the trauma we tend to. This story begins long before me. It begins with the first trauma my ancestral mothers bore, something passed deep in our wombs, from one generation to the next." And that is just the beginning. Wilcox had me hooke
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Lee
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir is the second book by author Elizabeth Wilcox. In it she explores the influences of generations of women in her family. “Simply put, a long-tail risk is one on which the manifestation of loss will occur far later than the behavior that led to the loss.” So begins this powerful exploration of mother’s and daughters and the complex layers of generational influences.

The threads that Wilcox weaves take the reader from present day New England as far back as 1904-era
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Kelly Long
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth Wilcox writes of trauma through the generations and especially how trauma impacts mothers and daughters. This memoir jumps around in time, which I'm not a big fan of, but it's still very readable. Overall, this is a fascinating story.
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Elizabeth Wilcox has worked as a journalist in England, Hong Kong, and the US. She has extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a newspaper columnist, radio presenter, CNBC television news producer, and web producer.

Her first book The Mom Economy (Berkley, 2003) was called “one of the best career books of 2003” by syndicated columnist Joyce Lain Kennedy. Her guest appearances i
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