Author Helen Epstein, who wrote the seminal book on intergenerational transmission of trauma Children of the Holocaust, will compare and contrast the ways in which she worked through suspected childhood sexual abuse by writing memoir and in an eight-year analysis. We encourage you to order the paperback or ebook ahead of time from Amazon to deepen the extensive Q & A.

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Helen Epstein ( is a veteran arts journalist and the author of the new memoir The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma perhaps the first memoir to be published post-#MeToo. In it, Helen explores her experiences with sexual harassment and the sequelae of suspected childhood sexual abuse during an eight-year psychoanalysis. Her previous books  include Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History, Joe Papp, and self-psychologist Paul Ornstein’s Looking Back: Memoir of a Psychoanalyst. 

Born in Prague in 1947, she grew up in Manhattan, and graduated from Hunter College High School, Hebrew University, and the Columbia School of Journalism. She became a journalist at 20, while caught in the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia and has been writing for publication ever since. Her profiles of cultural figures have appeared in the Sunday New York Times and many magazines. She was the first tenured woman professor in New York University’s journalism and now guest lectures all over the world.