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When life imitates art
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Friday, 21 November 2003 11:50
[Published: MCQ book reviews]
"And if it's me locked inside this box, then I pray that my love can pick these locks. Oh no, here we go again. You try and you try to untie the knots. With the grace of a sailor and the will of a box. Both shaking like a leaf. Both staring at the lights. Both trying not to sleep. Both trying not to fight. And it's nights like this when I'm scared to death. Will the morning come quickly? Will there be anything left?"
-- Pilgrim

What happens when a seasoned healer comes to the realization she is about to embark upon her own personal journey of healing - a journey rife with echoes of sexual abuse, murder, and shadowy hooded figures in a town with generations of secrets to protect?

In "Morning Come Quickly," a poignantly evocative novel that reveals both the courage and depravity of the human condition, Dr. Wanda Karriker[1] gives the reader a glimpse behind the closed doors of therapy - both as the healer and the wounded - by bringing to light the struggles all survivors must face when reconciling their past. Karriker lays bare with brutal honesty a question that must be asked when a healer's forgotten memories begin to bubble to the surface, "Am I incorporating the abuse scenarios of my clients into my own history?"

Determined to find the truth, the primary protagonists, Dr. Emily Klein, and her husband, professor Jeff Klein, follow the clues, leaving no stone unturned, as they untangle the mystery of their shared past. As the story unfolds, even the most strident skeptic would be hard pressed to deny the existence of the evil that has shrouded this small town in America's deep south.

The Kleins' search is deftly interleaved with the stories of their conjoined families, vignettes of Emily's patients, and revelations of the town's dark secrets, presenting ever-growing evidence supporting Emily's recovered memories of abuse. Evidence so frightening, and yet so plausible, that perhaps those who have traveled a similar path to recovery might find themselves wistfully wishing the story had been told in non-fiction form.

Taking the reader on a harrowing, yet necessary journey through time, Karriker reminds us that less than half century ago, African-Americans had no civil rights. And that some of society's most "upstanding" citizens - who steal through the night shrouded in white robes and hoods to hide their identities - burn crosses and commit murder, even today, as a tribute to their oath to the brotherhood of the Ku Klux Klan.

As the reader is brought ever near the present and the climate of the memory wars, Karriker reveals with stark clarity the obstacles the healer must overcome. From the struggles of survivors and the rage of the accused, to the innate desire of society to deny the existence of evil, leaving the healer finally alone with the demons of her own past, as she moves through dark night of soul, hoping and praying, "Morning Come Quickly."

In the final analysis, this book is a must read for those whose lives have been tangentially or profoundly touched by memories of trauma. Dr. Karriker achieves what few books on the topic of survivorship, fact or fiction, are able to even begin to approach; a view from both sides of the therapy couch, with all of the anguish and pain, doubts and fears, joys and triumphs, that are part and parcel of acknowledging and conquering one's past.


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