“When Ellen Bass and Laura Davis published The Courage to Heal, it emboldened a generation of survivors of sexual abuse and incest, likely contributing to the courageous voices for many who are part of today's MeToo and Time’sUp movements. In The Burning Light of Two Stars, Davis allows us to know the person behind those pages and the story behind that story. Nuanced, raw, and candid, this memoir does not designate white hat/black hat characters. Instead, it provides a topographical map through the complex landscape of the mother-daughter relationship at the heart of the story, with characters both noble and deeply flawed on both sides of the equation. This masterful heart-filling book is deeply moving and wise. I'm so grateful to have read it.”
The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story
Laura Davis, author
When Laura Davis published The Courage to Heal in 1988, she knew sharing her story about surviving childhood sexual abuse would deepen a painful rift with her own mother. Over the next twenty years, from the safe distance of 3,000 miles, Laura and her mother reconciled their volatile relationship. But when her mother moves across the country to entrust Laura with the rest of her life, she brings a faltering mind, a fierce need for independence, and the seeds of a second battle for power between them. As the stresses of caregiving reawaken Laura’s rage over past betrayals, her intention to “finally love my mother without reservation” is threatened, and she must learn what it means to be truly openhearted before it’s too late. Part love story, part psychological mystery, at its core The Burning Light of Two Stars is an intimate and unforgettable story of reconciliation at the deepest level.
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author of Filling Her Shoes