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What A Body Remembers

Nonfiction: Memoir
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/11/2019

What A Body Remembers

A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684572205
Digital Download ISBN:9781684572212


What a Body Remembers is the intimate memoir of a woman's traumatic past catching up with her, an honest, from-the-gut account of one woman's journey to regain her power and confidence—a journey that continues to this day.

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On a summer night in 1984, nineteen-year-old UC Berkeley sophomore Karen Thomas leaves her uniformed patrol job at the University of California Police Department and walks home alone in darkness. At the threshold of her apartment a man assaults her at knife point. After a soul chilling struggle she manages to escape and call 911. Police catch her assailant, she identifies him, and he is arrested.

Fast forward 2014, thirty years after her assault, when her life, once again, appears to be crumbling. As she stumbles her way through the days, navigating a dying marriage, devastating financial loss, and an elderly mother slipping into dementia at disheartening speed, she becomes fascinated by her own anxiety, by the PTSD still triggered by the sound of footsteps and she wonders, why does the body remember what the mind tries so desperately to forget? Her questions prompt an obsession with her assailant: Whatever became of him? What is he doing now? She begins a quest of excavation, determined to find out, tracking down the police report and court file from her case, and on the thirtieth anniversary of her attack returns to Berkeley and the scene of her assault. What she discovers is life altering.

Author Bio

Karen Stefano is the author of the short story collection The Secret Games of Words and the how-to business writing guide Before Hitting Send. Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, California Lawyer, Psychology Today, the South Carolina Review, Tampa Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Epiphany, and elsewhere.