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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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Published November 11th 2020 by Green Place Books
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Debra
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being the Survivor of a Survivor….

In “The Long Tail of Trauma: A Memoir”, Elizabeth Wilcox tells the story of her maternal ancestors from 1904- 2018. This book deals with abuse and trauma and how it is passed down through families. She has done extensive research but also had to be creative in giving a “voice” to her maternal relatives.

Elizabeth Wilcox's memoir is beautifully written and extensively researched. She shares what it was like to grow up with a mother with PTSD. Wilcox also tells t
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Michelle
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Long Tail of Trauma (2020) is an engrossing mother-daughter memoir written by Elizabeth Wilcox. This book often reads like an historical novel that begins in 1904 and alternates between past and present time periods, covering three generations, until the time of 2018. Although her ancestors were not directly Jewish, Wilcox illustrated how they were displaced and traumatized in WWII--which was related to Hitler’s reign of hate and horror throughout Europe and the U.K. Adverse Childhood Experi ...more
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
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
Elizabeth Wilcox writes a memoir that at times reads like an historical  novel it is so full of atmosphere and sentiment.
I enjoyed the combination of writing styles that brought to life the story of Anna and Violet.

In the Long Tail of Trauma we follow 4 generations of mothers and daughters. Elizabeth explains, through her research, how trauma can be passed down through the generations.

The storyline is sourced from extensive research of Elizabeth's family history and uses some creativity concerni
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Dawnny
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is about five generations in Elizabeth's family. It deals with multigenerational abuse and trauma. From childhood trauma and how it can be passed down through the generations. The author's great grandmother, grandmother and mother and the trauma they endured. How the choices and events in their lives played into it. The writing and the family history of this author pulled me right in and had me reflecting my own trail of family trauma. Very well written and heartfelt.

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Kathleen Pooler
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Long Tail of Trauma by Elizabeth Wilcox is a unique study of the deleterious impact of maternal trauma through three generations of women who suffered hardships, abuse, and abandonment. Wilcox seamlessly weaves together her own personal narrative as she cares for her elderly mother with extensive research into not only her own personal history but also the current theories on trauma and how its effects can be passed down through the generations. It is an extensive exploration into not only g ...more
Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
In THE LONG TAIL OF TRAUMA, 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, Elizabeth Wilcox is 22, 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 communicate with her mother. Though Barbara can seem cold an
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Barbara Glass
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It takes a skillful writer to tell an engaging story that is one part historical drama, one part psychological analysis, while also an intensely personal memoir. A narrator must not speak too factually as to seem remote, not too intricate with psycho-analysis, while not too close as to allow sentimentality to obscure the impact of the story. Elizabeth Wilcox weaves these elements together in a compelling narrative about mothers and daughters and the legacy of the women in her family, from great- ...more
Sheila Foard
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Long Tail of Trauma Review


Elizabeth Wilcox’s multigenerational memoir The Long Tail of Trauma is an artful weaving of her own relatively stable life story with dramatic retellings of her mother’s and her grandmother’s traumatic upbringings, marked by separations from their caregivers.

Elizabeth’s grandmother Violet was born in England in 1904. The illegitimate child of Anna, a German house servant, and the son of a wealthy family, Violet never knew her birth father. She was taken from her mother
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The Long Tail of Trauma – A Memoir
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Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott

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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Esta Montano
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Long Tail of Trauma is an interesting book that examines three generations of women as they endure inherited trauma. The author, Elizabeth Wilcox, represents the third generation: in her story, she looks back at the events of her grandmother's and mother's lives as they faced the horrors of World Wars I and II in Europe, (particularly England, Germany and the Netherlands).. During this time, each of these women experienced tremendous trauma, especially in terms of their fractured and unstabl ...more
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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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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Story Circle Book Reviews
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Wilcox has written a stunning new memoir that traces three generations of mother-daughter trauma in her family. The principal characters are the author; her mother, Barbara; Barbara’s mother, Violet; and Violet’s mother, Anna. While the book is memoir that includes scenes and conversations with Barbara and other family members along with tireless research of Barbara’s deceased mother and grandmother, Wilcox explores more deeply. “We can listen to our mothers’ stories, but to understand ...more
Zoe
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of 2020 - so touching and reminded me so clearly of my own experience and maternal line. Thank you for releasing this book to the world!
Mary Jo
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir

Elizabeth Wilcox has written a stunning new memoir that traces three generations of mother-daughter trauma in her family. The principal characters are the author; her mother, Barbara; Barbara’s mother, Violet; and Violet’s mother, Anna. The memoir includes scenes and conversations with present-day family along with tireless research into the life stories of Barbara’s deceased mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

What makes the memoir so absorbing is that Wilcox uses a technique that takes
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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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Angie Mangino
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Long Tail of Trauma
By Elizabeth Wilcox
2020
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

The prologue of this memoir begins: “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.”

It goes on to introduce readers to her personal story with her mother, gradually building throughout the book to her mother’s story and her grandmother’s story. The theme goes beyond the story of personal memory, to the historical events that played a k
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SeekingSerenity&Harmony
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This summer I did a reading challenge 20 Books of Summer. One of those books I read was The Long Tail of Trauma by Elizabeth Wilcox. I was given a copy to read and review. The review is totally my own opinion and not influenced by the advance copy. I am glad I was given the opportunity to read and review this memoir. This Book was very interesting and thought provoking.

Book Cover Elizabeth Wilcox The Long Tail of Trauma

I have some background knowledge of psychology and early childhood from life
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Julia Smith
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the book’s blurb: “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 and the legacy of maternal trauma on intergenerational mental health and relationships. Through documen
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Carla Pineda
A fascinating and beautiful read! We hear and read a lot about PTSD and what that looks like in individuals, victims of abuse, trauma, war. We're learning more and more about how trauma impacts the individual and what the paths for healing can be. Yet, this is the first book I have read that untangles how trauma impacts across the generations. This book is a deeply shared and touching examination of the story of the author's mother and the far reaching tentacles of her mother's adverse childhood ...more
Maria Regina
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, I expected it to be insightful, but I never anticipated that it would be life changing. Both of my parents’ childhoods were riddled by significant trauma and I always knew that their upbringings had a direct impact on mine. However, I never truly wanted for anything, which made me feel that my problems with my parents (Mom in particular) were unjustified.

For the children of trauma survivors, or for the survivors themselves, this book is essential. Wilcox expertly dances a
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Gloria
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“This is a story of mothers Th.is is a story of daughters. This is a story of trauma we carry and the trauma we tend to.”
As I began reading Wilcox’s book I had no idea what to expect. As a reunited adoptee, would it touch me, perhaps shedding some light on why my adoptive parents never told me this and the effect of learning this from a note written by a neighbor teenager, who I now know was the cousin of my best friend.
Wilcox begins her story with her grandmother who was born to unmarried paren
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Katie
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir by Elizabeth Wilcox. The story captured my attention right away and held it until the end. Wilcox writes beautifully and captures so many small observations that really resonated with me. I liked the way the chapters alternated between different times, locations and narrators. This is an ambitious approach and was expertly executed. I feel that reading this book gave me better insight into some of my own relationships.
Brian Corey
May 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and Important Story

Elizabeth's raw and important stories about the generational impact of trauma has so much relevance to the times we are living in. Most families are impacted by trauma in some way and this book shines a bright light on the subject. It should also be very helpful to readers that are less familiar with the particulars of trauma that they may be going through themselves or observing in others. Well done, Elizabeth!
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Virginia Gavin
Nov 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.The concept of generational trauma fascinated me.In telling the story of her mother and grandmother's history,I could identify with my own grandmother.She also had early childhood trauma and this book helped me to understand it's long-term causes and effects.Iwould definitely recommend! ...more
Beverly Laude
Hated the writing style. After 75 pages of trying to get into this book, I gave up & returned it. Of the part I did read, I did not like any of the characters and could not relate to any of them.
Annis
Sep 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5
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Faith Wilcox
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author expertly weaves together the lives of family members from the past and the present who each bare the after affects of loss and trauma, struggling to come to terms with their lives that were irrevocably changed by war. The silver lining of the story is that the author's mother and father are able to raise their seven children who become loving, secure, and well-balanced adults. In later years, once again the author's mother is haunted by past struggles and she bravely faces and comes t ...more
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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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