Osterville Village Library, Osterville— March 25th at 1:00pm . With World Poetry Day on March 31, 2017 and the release of the film adaptation of The Bell Jar in 2018, the relevance of author Bob Fournier's new book Trauma and the Golden Lady could not be more suitable. Famous for paving the way for modern female poets and the confessional genre Sylvia Plath's life was also plagued by mental illness. Trauma and the Golden Lady, a biography of the iconic poetess, delves deep, beyond Plath’s poetry and writing, into her psyche and the turmoil she lived with until the day she took her life.
Trauma and the Golden Lady, produced through FriesenPress, documents and investigates Plath’s life, poetry, and mental illness. In a time of deep desperation, Plath reached out to a troubled mental health system that both helped and harmed her. Traumatized by her healing process, Plath was fated to spend the rest of her short-lived life haunted by posttraumatic stress. Although she was clever, enigmatic, and passionate, Plath could not survive her own demons. More than fifty years later, Dr. Fournier crafted a valuable addition to the nation wide discussions around female writers, bursting with valuable insight into one woman’s demise.
“I found the discussion of those left behind to be particularly poignant… I can’t help but think that this exploration will help other survivors move on – no, move forward-with their lives.”
Trauma and the Golden Lady is available for order from the FriesenPress bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and from most online book retailers. Readers can also purchase the ebook on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and GooglePlay.
About the Author
Dr. Bob Fournier is a Clinical Social Worker who specializes in mental health, specifically counseling related to issues of suicide, suicide bereavement, and posttraumatic stress. Fournier has been active in the study of Suicidology for the past forty years, including research, public speaking, writing, publication, and clinical practice. He maintains a private practice of psychotherapy on Cape Cod, and has spent the past nineteen years working with military Veterans at the VA Primary Care Clinic in Hyannis, MA. Dr Bob’s continuing interest in Sylvia Plath began in 1976, during research for his Assumption College Master’s thesis in psychology.