Raising Abel by Carolyn Nash

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At 38, Carolyn Nash had a good job, no apparent struggles and few conscious regrets--save, perhaps, her weight and her childlessness. She remedies the latter by fostering and then adopting 3-year-old Abel, a victim of unspeakable parental abuse, most of it sexual. The consequences are predictable and agonizing. Abel is charmingly innocent yet uncontrollably violent, and as he grows, so do his PTSD symptoms. He refuses to bathe, he fails in school. Thrown toys become thrown punches, then smashed windshields. Psychiatrists are consulted, police called. Special education, home-schooling, hospitalizations, meds--all resources are tried and exhausted. Yet Nash remains indefatigable, wrestling with her son (literally) and with her inner demons and repressed memories, haltingly revealed in sessions with her therapist. Through the lens of Abel's trauma, Nash peers into her own nightmares--she too feels deformed and unlovable--and learns their sick source. The book is structured almost entirely in short, dramatic episodes, a technique Nash uses skillfully... late in the story, when the troubled teen turns violently on Nash herself... we get a penetrating glimpse into Abel's beating heart, where his triggers, his alienation and his lifelong struggle come into searing focus. Here Nash gives us Abel in full, and we see with our own eyes how the measure of this young man is also the measure of the woman who raised him--with pure, dogged, unrelenting, overwhelming, at times selfish, often desperate, boundless, evergreen love. This was her treatment and her cure. We know it by its common term--mothering."
 

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The writer known as Carolyn Nash has been crafting stories as far back as she can remember. Her two previous works ? a memoir titled Raising Abel and a fictional thriller released as an Amazon Kindle Single, The Trunk Key ? have both generated impressive praise. Love Is Strong as Death is her third book. As a voracious reader, Nash enjoys many genres, including suspense, adventure, and science fiction. Her diverse tastes in literature have influenced her no-boundaries approach to her writing, leaving her open to create as many different stories and characters as she can. In the past, Nash has worked as a technical writer, a reporter, and an environmental scientist, but her love of reading and writing has always fueled a desire to reach out to others through her own words. She currently resides in Northern California with her two sons.
 
Published November 4, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 333 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships.

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Here Nash gives us Abel in full, and we see with our own eyes how the measure of this young man is also the measure of the woman who raised him—with pure, dogged, unrelenting, overwhelming, at times selfish, often desperate, boundless, evergreen love.

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