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Book Excerpt! Jessica Teich’s ‘The Future Tense of Joy’

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For a sneak peek of Jessica Teich’s memoir, The Future Tense of Joy, check out the excerpt below. INTRODUCTION Survivors remember the past in pieces. Not necessarily “before” and “after,” which would be easier. It’s more like time melts into Dali-like puddles, or convulses, slamming together faces and events. Psychologists often speak of a distortion in time afterward, as though the trauma occurred only moments before, but some- times the pain is so buried it ceases to exist. Then it springs up suddenly, like an allergy, even when it seems there’s no irritant. Or descends, like a fine but malevolent mesh. That was true for me, but I could never write about my experience as a “survivor.” Even the word seemed…

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