My First Graphic Novel

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I want to write about why I think someone may be interested in reading this book. I’ll stick to just 5 reasons:

  1. Its purposeful arrangement has a strong Jungian influence. Dreams, stories, journal entries, poetry and writings from the author and others, sketches and paintings, Emails, and comics appearing out of chronological order shape a window into the psychological journey of an abused and traumatized autistic mother of an autistic child. 
  2. The copious amount of artwork tells its own story apart from the written words.
  3. It gives a candid account of life as an immigrant in a country that’s in the midst of civil war.
  4. It may cause the reader to look at dreams, death, birth, and parenthood differently. This book presents a paradox within these themes: of beauty within ugliness, of the shadow that contains its light, and unearths hidden roots and interconnections that make up human experience.
  5. It will dispel myths about AUTISTIC mothers and misconceptions about autistic folks in general, while providing an account of how we are treated. (It may offer validation to those of you who have had similar or nearly identical experiences)

Want to purchase the book? Click here: https://www.createspace.com/4493988

Here’s a look inside:

The above montage: excerpts from the comic “Homeopathy”.

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the birth story

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poetry and therapy sketch book  (Click on titles to read):

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dreams and anecdotes

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Back Blurb:

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A graphic-novel dreamscape of a young mother’s journey through PTSD, loss, grief, and a ceaseless search for closure reveals a laboring and healing spirit, emergent within a metaphoric Bardo Thodol experience– where recovering beauty, meaning, and truth from a mute and incomprehensible darkness prepares her passage for rebirth. The Seeker alchemizes dream narration, journals, letters, poetry, and artwork into an antidote to the poisons of Narcissistic and birth abuse and the toxic shock of living amid terrorism and civil unrest.

“A young American woman converted to Judaism gives birth to a child in Israel. Confronted by familial prejudice and contempt, denied access to the country’s health-care system, she and her husband transcend the horrors of a questionable midwifery to return to the United States, shaken, haunted, and ultimately enlightened. The record of the experience, beautifully woven with Jewish and Native American myth, filtered through the crucible of poetry and dream sequences, defies categorization and may be unprecedented. Here is a shot, a cannonade, fired in testament to the human spirit, to self-determination and the moment-by-moment creation of a habitable, compassionate universe. Image by compelling image, it builds and expands on an appreciation of the timeless mysteries of Amichai’s ‘The two of us together, and each one alone.’ “-Tom Kryss, American Beat Poet, “Book of Rabbits,” “The Search for the Reason Why”

“Hilary  brings a most intimate, challenging, and personal experience to a level of art and beauty and healing. Her work, which includes paintings, installation, writings, and found objects resonates with viewers. Some of her pieces relate to the birth story specifically, others to meta-references to the Exodus story, and others to the image of family love and endurance. Hilary’s partnership with the creative spirit and her mastery of expression allows her work to be felt and appreciated from many perspectives, and is emotionally and spiritually moving. This is Hilary’s creative power.”-Sara Hurand, co-founder and facilitator of the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab Fellowship, Cleveland, Ohio

“Women  who experience a traumatic labor, birth, or postpartum period often deal with the consequences for years to come. This complicates the healing process and affects their future pregnancies and births. Hilary’s artwork and writing is her healing process, allowing her to cope with the devastating experience she has lived through.”-Shannon Sasseville, Certified Doula SGM/SBD, Regional Coordinator for Sufficient Grace Ministries

 

 

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