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Post-traumatic: A Novel By Chantal V. Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316264334
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Back Bay Books - March 21st, 2023

(Content warning: This book deals heavily with the topic of trauma and sexual violence.)

I was so enamored by this debut by Chantal V. Johnson! The author has said herself that she wrote the book trying really hard not to resort to the popularized buzz words around trauma, and the result is a piece of literature that breathes new air into discussions surrounding issues that have long been around - like misogyny, feminine beauty standards, PTSD, eating disorders, etc. I appreciate how she shows the minute ways in which past trauma continually impacts people - in an Uber, for example, when the driver makes a wrong turn and Vivian suddenly plunges into a fear-spiral about getting abducted. This is a really important work about cultural allowances of everyday sexual violence. It's witty, it's engrossing, and it entreats the reader to examine the world around them for ways they are contributing to the brokenness.