Posted on 10/02/2019 at 03:32 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Literary Hub has picked twelve books it’s most excited to read this month (and, by virtue, twelve books it thinks you should read, too).

Among those books is Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was A Girl, a memoir of confronting someone who committed a horrible act about his crime.

Author Jeannie Vanasco had considered “Mark” a close friend until he raped her.

And, in fact, like many assault victims, she managed to dissociate from the ordeal, though unsurprisingly, their friendship didn’t exactly continue on the same terms.

Then, a few years ago, Vanasco undertook the project that became her memoir, and that all began by getting back in touch with Mark and talking about the elephant in the room.

She describes the process and why she chose to give her rapist a voice (a question that she was asked by friends) in an essay on Literary Hub.

If you’re curious about how the book turned out, you can also check out NPR’s review of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was A Girl.

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