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The Boston Globe: “The rigor and elegance of Crawford’s sentences, even while writing about such painful things, lifts this memoir into literary heights.”
“Assaulted at 15, a Writer Looks Back and Comes Forward.” Lacy is interviewed by The New York Times
Read an excerpt from Notes on a Silencing in Vanity Fair.
People: “A shocking, anguished, beautifully written account.” One of the “20 Best Books to Read This Summer.”
Booklist Starred Review: “She gives a studied, vulnerable, and maddening account of her near-undoing and the school’s absolute obstruction of the truth. She melds her personae as a teenage girl, a survivor, and a skilled narrator, relating what she understood as she understood it, while also revealing her story’s upsetting course. Crawford’s meditation on the effects of silence, shame, and belief, and the antidotes she had to invent for herself, will add to evolving discussions of sexual assault and power.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune “Notes on a Silencing is as much a work of meticulous investigative journalism as it is a memoir …. But Crawford demonstrates another path to survival: elucidating, through a painstaking investigation and self-examination, how shame has been cast in the wrong place.”
Time Magazine : “45 New Books You Need to Read This Summer.”
BookPage : Starred Review “Notes on a Silencing is a ghastly account, beautifully told, of a teenage girl learning that people in power often value reputation above all else.”
Bitch Media: “17 Memoirs Feminists Should Read in 2020.”
Refinery 29: “… a harrowing, powerful memoir about sexual assault, trauma, and what happens when institutional power is deployed as a weapon against the vulnerable …. Crawford’s bravery in recounting her own experience, though, speaks to how powerful it is to have these stories told, to show that no one is alone.”
Library Journal: “Barbara’s Picks”
Kirkus: “Trenchant in its observations about the unspoken—and often criminal—double standards that adhere in elite spaces, Crawford’s courageous book is a bracing reminder of the dangers inherent in unchecked patriarchal power. A powerful, topical, and incisive memoir.”
Publisher’s Weekly: “Adult Galleys to Grab at Winter Institute.”
LitHub: “Most Anticipated Books of 2020”
The Readerly Report: “2020 Books Preview”
“Notes on a Silencing is powerful and scary and important and true. Hats off to Lacy Crawford for telling this harrowing story. It will surely be an eye-opener for a lot of people, but not for me or millions of other women. Beautifully done.” Sally Mann, author of Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs.