Riding Fury Home by Chana Wilson
A Memoir

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In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother attempted suicide, holding a rifle to her own head and pulling the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital. On her return, Chana became the caretaker of her heavily medicated, suicidal mother. It would be many years before she learned the secret of her mother’s anguish: her love affair with another married woman, and the psychiatric treatment aimed at curing her of her lesbianism.

Riding Fury Home spans forty years of the intense, complex relationship between Chana and her mother—the trauma of their early years together, the transformation and joy they found when they both came out in the 1970s, and the deep bond that grew between them. From the intolerance of the ‘50s to the exhilaration of the women’s movement of the ‘70s and beyond, the book traces the profound ways in which their two lives were impacted by the social landscape of their time. Exquisitely written and devastatingly honest, Riding Fury Home is a shattering account of one family’s struggle against homophobia and mental illness—and a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and redemption.

About Chana Wilson

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Chana Wilson is a psychotherapist and a former radio producer and television engineer. She began her career in broadcast journalism as a radio programmer with KPFA in Berkeley, California. Her work hosting the KPFA program A World Wind-in which she interviewed poets, musicians, writers and activists-sparked her desire to work with people on a deeper level. Now a psychotherapist for twenty-four years, she credits the extraordinary courage of her clients for inspiring her to write. Wilson's writing has appeared in the print journals The Sun and Sinister Wisdom, the online journals Roadwork and Aunt Lute, and in several anthologies. Since the mid-eighties, Wilson has been playing percussion with the women's samba band Sistah Boom.
Published April 3, 2012 by Seal Press. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The first part of the narrative relates how Gloria, Wilson’s mother, attempted suicide at least three times before Wilson was 12.

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From the horrors of her childhood in 1950s New Jersey to the liberating discovering of her sexual identity decades later, psychotherapist Wilson's memoir is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting.

Mar 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Riding Fury Home: A Memoir

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Spanning the breadth of her parents’ tumultuous relationship and ending with the aftermath of her mother’s death, author, therapist, and drum-beater Chana Wilson’s memoir, Riding Fury Home (Seal Press), relates her own—and her mother, Gloria’s—intertwined stories of sexism, homophobia, and libera...

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