“Written before the #MeToo Movement burst into American consciousness, this memoir tracks the consequences of sexual harassment, sexual assault and abuse over the lifetime of a successful American journalist and author.
The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma “invents its own genre,” wrote Sherry Turkle. “The author suspects sexual abuse in her childhood and investigates with the toolkits of an historian and ethnographer.” The result is a memoir that is what Eva Hoffman calls, “a true labor of memory, in which the story of the body is inseparable from the narrative of the self.”
This memoir is the third of a non-fiction trilogy, following Epstein’s Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors (Putnam, 1979) and Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History (Little, Brown, 1997), both widely translated. As Gloria Steinem wrote “In Epstein’s hands, truth becomes not only stranger than fiction but more magnetic.””