Wounds fester and spread in the darkness of silence. The First Signs of April , explores the destructive patterns of unresolved grief and the importance of connection for true healing to occur. The narrative weaves through time to explore grief reactions to two very different losses: suicide and cancer.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe, LCMHC, CCTP is a licensed mental health counselor currently on sabbatical from her private psychotherapy practice in northeastern Vermont. After spending a year living on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland working on her next memoir she is currently splitting her time between Cape Cod, Vermont and Ireland.
Mary-Elizabeth has a maters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. In addition she has worked as a Lecturer for Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies St. Johnsbury, Vt. Campus. She is a regular contributor to Cape Women Online and Sweatpants and Coffee magazines.
Mary-Elizabeth loves riding her motorcycle and spending as much time as possible with her dog Fergus.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do you read memoirs? No! Well, as a reader of multitudes of memoirs, you definitely can put this on your TBR list since it reads like fiction due to its remarkable writing. To begin with, the book is set-up so that it goes back and forth from 1981 when she was in high school and the year 2000 the summer after finishing her doctorate with a nice flow. It effortlessly held my attention till the end. Generally speaking, even though it is comprised of oodles of sorrow this factor brings forth insight, the wisdom of mental healing, and learning what defines you. Furthermore, Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe focused solely on what was vital to explain her dilemma, nothing more, nothing less, so there is no overload of useless information. Finally, I want to mention how this book opened my eyes causing me to see more clearly regarding past and present situations that are restricting me from being all that I could be. Since nobody should miss out on reading this spectacular memoir purchase yourself a copy above.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The First Signs of April (A Memoir) by Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe explores themes of guilt, grief and how she coped when faced with losses in her life. Briscoe writes passionately and sensitively; this memoir deals with some very heavy themes, but there are also some laughs. A gifted writer, Briscoe’s narration is very engaging, pulling readers into her memories, making us curious to know more about the people in her life. Back in 2000, in Schenectady, New York, Briscoe reminisces about her Aunt Pat, who was diagnosed with cancer, subcutaneous T-cell lymphoma to be exact. I myself lost a beloved cousin to cancer, so this part of the memoir brings back my own painful memory of how my family tried to cope with the loss. The other part of the memoir, which deals with suicide, travels back to Ballston Lake in the '80s, as Briscoe remembers Joy, her friend and first love. She has an enigma about her and Briscoe almost constantly stated how her younger self was sometimes confused as to how to break through Joy’s complexity and reach out to her. Joy’s story reflects on the stigma that still surrounds the subject of mental health and suicide today. Memories about Joy also let readers know how The First Signs of April came to be. All in all, this is a touching read where Briscoe’s clear, calm but moving prose will definitely encourage readers not to take the people in their lives for granted and learn how to forgive oneself, let go and embrace new directions in life.