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The Apology
The Apology
The Apology
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The Apology

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From the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues-a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.

“A triumph of artistry and empathy.”
-Naomi Klein
“A crucial step forward . . . This is an urgently needed book right now.”
-Jane Fonda
“Courageous, transformative, and yes-healing.” -Anne Lamott

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

Through The Apology Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally envision how to be free. She grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she first realized the impact of her father's abuse on her life: How do we offer a doorway rather than a locked cell? How do we move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning? What will it take for abusers to genuinely apologize?

Remarkable and original, The Apology is an acutely transformational look at how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is revolutionary, asking everything of each of us: courage, honesty, and forgiveness.
Release dateMay 14, 2019
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Eve Ensler

V (formerly Eve Ensler) is a Tony Award–winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. She is the author of The Apology, the NYT bestseller I Am an Emotional Creature, the highly praised In the Body of the World, and many more. She is the founder of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender-based violence in over 200 countries. She is a co-founder of the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with Christine Schuler Deschryver and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege. She is one of Newsweek's “150 Women Who Changed the World” and the Guardian's “100 Most Influential Women.” She lives in New York.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Author Eve Ensler imagines her deceased father in Limbo, finally ready to review and apologize for his many crimes against her, which include sexual, emotional and physical abuse. This brief, intense book may be triggering to victims of incest or parental cruelty, but others may find that it helps them to understand the multi-generational patterns that lead to extreme familial dysfunction. Highly recommended.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Reviewed from an Advance Reading Copy.My first thought is that I sincerely hope this book helps Eve Ensler to heal and helps others like her on their paths through trauma and recovery.I'm a big fan of [book:The Vagina Monologues|104734], but this book with its conceit of an apology letter from her criminally abusive megalomaniac of a father is too odd, depressing, and difficult to digest. He is probably the most repugnant but eloquent narrator since Humbert Humbert. And while I understand this is the apology Ensler hoped he wo