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I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her
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The journalist's "brutally affecting [and] powerful" memoir of her quest to uncover the life of the man who raped her twenty-one years earlier (Guardian, UK).

Joanna Connors was thirty years old and on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to review a college theater production when she was held at knifepoint and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles away from her. Once her assailant was caught and sentenced, Joanna never spoke of the trauma again . . . until her daughter was about to go to college.

Resolving to tell her children about her rape, Connors began to realize that the man who assaulted her was one of the most formative people in her life. She embarked on a journey to find out who he was, who his friends were, and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

I Will Find You is a "deeply humane and harrowing" memoir, as well as a brave and timely consideration of race, class, education, and the families that shape who we become (Boston Globe).
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Resolving to tell her children about her rape, Connors began to realize that the man who assaulted her was one of the most formative people in her life. She embarked on a journey to find out who he was, who his friends were, and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America.

I Will Find You is a "deeply humane and harrowing" memoir, as well as a brave and timely consideration of race, class, education, and the families that shape who we become (Boston Globe).
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      • content: “A searing narrative that plumbs both emotional and political depths . . . Connors's forthright exploration of race and poverty enlarges her personal story, turning it into a richer, more complex and ultimately more harrowing account of interwoven traumas . . . What's miraculous about this memoir is Connors's ability to identify, in clean, lucid prose, evidence of hope--and even beauty--amid such an abundance of misery . . . [it is] powerful evidence of our society's failure to address the causes and consequences of sexual violence."
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      • source: Cosmopolitan
      • content: "Twenty-two years after she was raped by a stranger, Connors sets out to explore the life of her attacker. In doing so, she not only unpacks her own trauma but also confronts issues of race, class, and gender. It's heavy stuff. But with emotional honesty and profound questioning Connors deftly turns her victimization into a considered meditation on how we treat others."
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      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "Deeply humane and harrowing."
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      • source: New York Times
      • content: “A terrific book . . . [Connors is] a beautiful writer and often manages to be wry, funny and transcendent as she deals with an immensely serious topic."
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      • source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
      • content: "Readers come away with a sense that, through researching and writing I Will Find You, Connors has been able to banish some demons and start down a healthy path--one that leads to finding her own new self. Her book is a study in healing and courage and should prove to be a resource for many of those touched by these terrible crimes."
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      • source: Guardian
      • content: “Brutally affecting . . . powerful . . . [Connors] has an everywoman quality: she could be you . . . [she] illustrates how inextricably our lives--and those of our children--are entwined with the lives of others."
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      • source: Chicago Review of Books
      • content: “Weaving together memoir and journalism, the book offers a deeply moving, personal story while examining issues of race, class, and violence against women . . . I Will Find You is more than just Connors's personal story. As a journalist, she manages to stay amazingly objective, even while tackling such a deeply emotional topic, resulting in a chilling, eye-opening combination of memoir and reportage . . . Connors's honesty and openness are stunning and inspiring. Her careful and thoughtful examination of her own suffering, as well as her willingness to look deeper at the man who hurt her, make this one of the most compelling, unique books of the year."
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      • source: Daily Kos
      • content: "A must read for every woman who has ever been raped, who has feared being raped, or who has never even thought about being raped. And for every man who wants to understand or who cares about the women in his life--mothers, sisters, wives, or daughters. Because it is more than a story of rape. It is a story about our divides--of race, of education and opportunity, of prison, and of family."
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      • source: Vanity Fair
      • content: "Connors unflinchingly uncovers the grim life of the man who raped her."
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      • source: Telegraph
      • content: "Raw, revelatory . . . both an unflinching portrait of trauma and an act of journalistic courage."
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      • source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
      • content: “Compelling . . . Through Connors' thoughtful and intrepid search, she confronts weighty truths about race and sexual violence. She doesn't shy away from the personal details and, in doing so, ensures the reader sees a raw and honest account of her life before, during and after the rape. Although the subject is heartbreaking, this profound work will keep readers thinking long after the book is complete."
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      • source: Yes! Weekly
      • content: “Filled with an unrelenting honesty about sexual violence, race in America, and the realities of incarceration and poverty . . . it is necessary reading for a culture that seems unable to talk reasonably and openly about sexual violence . . . Read this book, talk about it. You might create a public space for others to talk about what has happened to them."
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      • source: New Zealand Herald
      • content: “A book both brutal in its honesty and beautifully told."
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      • source: Bookish
      • content: "Harrowing, tragic, and moving. Connors bravely recounts the challenges she faced."
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      • source: The National Book Review, one of 5 Hot Books
      • content: "[A] powerful work of non-fiction, recounting a journey animated not by revenge or a quest for closure, but profound curiosity."
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      • content: "Connors' riveting, soul-searching...
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        Starred review from January 4, 2016
        In this gripping memoir, Connors, a reporter for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, reckons with trauma after rape. In 1984, while Connors was on a reporting assignment in Cleveland, she was raped by a stranger. After 30 years, she goes on a quest to uncover the personal story of David, the man who raped her, and in the process encounters the stories of brutality faced by David’s family as they experience poverty and racism. Connors talks with David’s siblings, who reveal their own trauma and exposure to violence at the hands of an abusive father and a broken legal system that over-incarcerates poor people of color. She examines the racial politics of Cleveland as she crosses geographic divisions between rich and poor neighborhoods, seeking out David’s family. This book is a powerful story of exposing and confronting emotional scars in order to move forward. With emotional honesty and the precision of a seasoned journalist, Connors explores her own trials coping with the aftermath of rape, which leave the imprint of a constant fear and lead her to mistrust even close family members. Connors’s astute reflections on race, gender, and the personal plight of victimhood make this book a must-read.

      • premium: True
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        January 1, 2016
        A journalist's harrowing account of how, over the course of more than three decades, she came to terms with an experience of rape. On a July day in 1984, Connors, then a theater critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was on the Case Western Reserve University campus. While looking for a playwright she had to interview, Connors came across a young man who raped her at knife point. In this book, the author revisits that episode and tells the story of how the event permanently changed her. To survive the rape and, later, police questioning and the physical examination that followed, she temporarily dissociated, becoming like a spectator watching "a girl in a play." Even after police caught the rapist, David Williams, and sent him to prison, the ordeal continued. Her husband--who considered hiring a hit man to kill Williams--became the object of the rage she had felt about her situation. Connors developed a severe case of PTSD, which made her pathologically fearful for her safety as well as that of her two children. Williams died in 2000, 16 years after the incident; yet his death did not alleviate Connors' suffering. Desperate to find the "narrative that would make sense of my rape and explain...what forces led us to that spot where we collided," she began to investigate her rapist's life. Through interviews with his family members and crime victims, Connors learned that Williams and his siblings grew up in a brutally dysfunctional household. Rather than see Williams as a monster for what he did, the author developed compassion for him, for his "tragic" family, and, most of all, for herself. Powerful and compelling, the book is a highly personal examination of the volatile intersection of race, poverty, and violence. The author insightfully reflects on the idea that the greatest monster anyone, including victims of violent crime, must face is the monster within. A courageous and unsettlingly forthright memoir of overcoming trauma.

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        Starred review from April 1, 2016
        Rape. It is a harsh reality for so many1 in 5 women, 1 in 71 men. It is tough to write about it, and to read about it, and worse to experience. Far worse. Connors handles her rape story as only a survivor, and a crackerjack journalist, can. Two decades after being raped at knifepoint while on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Connors decided she had a need to know that outweighed her long-held need to forget. So she set out to locate her attacker, face him, and find out who he is, who he was, and, maybe, why their fates crossed on a hot July day in 1984. Her account of the event itself is raw and unnerving, even as it is filtered through words on a page. Even words, as much as they convey, can only go so far. But through her writing we do get a visceral glimpse of her pain, her fear, her wrongfully felt shame, and the anguish at loose in the world in which rape is a heinous everyday occurrence, one that wounds both victim and perpetrator. If a reader is looking for the most candid, most powerful true book about rape, let Connors' be the one.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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Joanna Connors was thirty years old and on assignment for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to review a college theater production when she was held at knifepoint and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles away from her. Once her assailant was caught and sentenced, Joanna never spoke of the trauma again . . . until her daughter was about to go to college.

Resolving to tell her children about her rape, Connors began to realize that the man who assaulted her was one of the most formative people in her life. She embarked on a journey to find out who he was, who his friends were, and what his life was like. What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man's story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence...
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