From the publisher:
Afflictions & Departures is a collection of first-person
experiential essays. However, this is not the realm of traditional
memoir--in addition to incidents and feelings recaptured from memory,
Sonik seeks out connections between the microcosm of the daily events of
her childhood and adolescence, and the social, historical, and
scientific trends of the time.
Afflictions & Departures begins by considering the
turbulent and changing nature of the world in the late 1950s and early
1960s--the world in which the author was conceived and born. Like many
couples of that era, Madeline Sonik's parents focused on shared social
and economic ambitions at the expense of authentic personal feeling.
These ambitions would erode and, by the 1970s, completely collapse.
These essays are as incisive as they are moving, and leave the
reader with a sense of history as it was lived, not as it is codified in