No Letter in Your Pocket

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Pub Date 01 May 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jun 2023

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Description

Incest denial and sexual assaults disrupt a young woman’s solo spiritual quest and her two romantic adventures in India in 1990-91. Two decades later, after profound healing, she’s resilient at mid-life. Finding the love and intimacy she craves, she can, at last, forgive her dying father—and her mom, for her decades of silence. Unlike many stories of healing and spiritual discovery, No Letter in Your Pocket avoids predictable recovery rhetoric and insular victimhood. Instead, it is a testament to thriving empowerment.

Incest denial and sexual assaults disrupt a young woman’s solo spiritual quest and her two romantic adventures in India in 1990-91. Two decades later, after profound healing, she’s resilient at...


A Note From the Publisher

Heather Conn has written on health, travel, arts and culture, history, the environment and social justice for more than 50 publications, including The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Canadian Encyclopedia, and the U.S. Sierra Club magazine Sierra.

Includes afterword by high-profile, new-thought leader Dr. Bernie Siegel

This is the only memoir on incest to mention “sexsomnia” and to critique it as a criminal defense.

Primary readers: women who have overcome, or want to overcome, any traumatic family secret, especially incest or sexual abuse (and, by extension their loved ones, family, friends); readers interested in self-help, healing, personal transformation or spiritual quest; world travellers; cultural creatives.

Heather Conn has written on health, travel, arts and culture, history, the environment and social justice for more than 50 publications, including The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Canadian...


Advance Praise

“I think of it as the kind that Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love probably yearned to be."

—Diana Hume George, former Goucher College Faculty Mentor (comment made in 2017)

 “Heart-wrenching, and deeply moving.” 

—New World Library

“When I started reading Heather’s moving account of her journey through hell and what she learned from it, I couldn’t stop. . . The pages are filled with her pain and the courage she had to feel her experiences, change who she was, and stop leading a double life. . .We can all benefit by reading about, and learning from, her experience.” 

—Best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel (from the afterword) (www.berniesiegelmd.com)

“You've done an amazing, brave thing here… As I've reread the manuscript this time, I've been reminded what an excellent writer you are… Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with you again on your compelling and inspirational memoir. Reading this draft, I was once more struck by your talent for turning painful experiences that defy language into beautifully written scenes that recreate and, with the help of your meticulous research and thoughtful analysis, contextualize each step on your long journey toward healing and forgiveness. You paint a scene so vibrantly, shaping the raw, delicate material of memory into something solid. 

“The moments that had the greatest impact on me were those in which your storytelling took centre stage, while your thorough research and analysis played a supporting role. The Preface captivates me every time I read it; as you watch your father’s body being moved onto a gurney, wander around his house and survey his belongings, and attend his funeral, you so poignantly grapple with your complex feelings about him. 

“This is a book that’s not afraid to explore the nuances of the difficult subject of incest, and we get an early introduction to your unflinching, yet also empathetic perspective in this preface…You’ve done a brilliant job, Heather; never second-guess that. I really respect all the work you’ve done both to heal from this traumatic past and to put it into words that will help other people who have suffered, either directly or indirectly, from similar experiences.” 

—Editor Erin Parker (www.erintheeditor.com)


“I think of it as the kind that Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love probably yearned to be."

—Diana Hume George, former Goucher College Faculty Mentor (comment made in 2017)

“Heart-wrenching, and...


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ISBN 9781771837873
PRICE $21.95 (USD)
PAGES 294

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