Solace: A Memoir in Verse
Publication date: June 15, 2015
Genre: Memoir in verse
Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-9942837-2-6
One effect of severe traumatic violence is that it cuts its victims off from connecting, even among those present in the experience. Perhaps of even greater effect, such trauma cuts victims off from themselves—from a conscious monitoring of emotion, reaction, and reality. Solace, which documents the testimony and memories of seven siblings who grew up as the well-behaved silent children of a well-respected religious father and businessman, looks into a the private space of their life long memories as they begin to recreate and redefine the concept of family and of survival. Colleen Mills masterfully gives voice through vignetted snap shots of shame, connection and disconnection, leading you through a maze of tenderness and pain you’ll never be able to shake.