The Process of Fraying by Jess Neal Woods
Publication Date: January 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Violet is a pillar of hospitality and compassion within her community. As a farmer’s wife and mother of a large brood, she is resolute, thrifty, and charming. The life that is woven between the land and her family is one of harmony and beauty.
When she begins to struggle with depression, her demeanor changes. At first, the change is subtle, but it becomes increasingly problematic as Violet struggles with bouts of incapacitating depression and anxiety and visions of self-harm. A candle flame offers a way to feel, even if it is the pain of a burn. Her beloved creek becomes ominous as it beckons to her. Having no real understanding of what is happening within her, Violet turns to both the religious and medical communities for guidance. Both fail her. With her identity stripped away and her family reeling from the aftermath, Violet must determine if she can make peace with the changes within herself before she is consumed by them.
The Process of Fraying is a historical family drama that explores the social, religious, and medical stigmas surrounding mental health in the 1940s.
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It took some time to gather my thoughts after finishing The Process of Fraying last night in order to write this review. This is one of the most emotional books I've ever had the privilege to read. Seriously, I couldn't even read the last few pages of the book through all of my tears.
Based on her great-grandmother's life in Tenessee in the 1930s, the author has written a heartrending book that will captivate and enrage you, all at the same time. The "treatment" for depression back then was horrifying and barbaric. There were so many times I wanted to reach through the book and save Violet.
I've suffered from depression for as long as I can remember so this book was super emotional for me and I could easily relate to Violet. The author captured the absolute darkness you feel when you're depressed perfectly and so much so that I got chill bumps while reading. The writing was beautiful. I think the author did a fabulous job of capturing her great-grandmother's life.
I highly recommend The Process of Fraying, especially for those that have depression or knows someone that does. It's an eye-opening look at mental illness and the stigma attached to it. An emotional but engrossing read.
About the Author
Jess is a debut novelist in historical fiction centering around the WWII era. A graduate of Indiana University, Jess holds a degree in English. When she is not reading or writing, she teaches English (literature and composition) courses online to high school students. Jess currently resides in upstate New York with her husband, Josh, their three children, and their two dogs. Though she is a Georgia native, Jess has lived in a multitude of states. Each place gives her writing fresh flare and direction as she is exposed to new people, stories, and experiences.
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