Vancouver, B.C. based writer Peter Gajdics tells a story of the effects of intergenerational trauma in his memoir, The Inheritance of Shame (Brown Paper Press/SCB). The child of Hungarian immigrants who themselves experienced significant trauma before emigrating to Canada, the author survived six years of “conversion therapy” by a psychiatrist obsessed with finding a “cure” for homosexuality.
“Provides an in-depth account of the triumph of one man's sanity over a psychotherapy system designed to eradicate personhood. Particularly moving were passages of Gajdics's fondness for the very therapist who abused him, a kind of Stockholm syndrome most survivors of conversion therapy have experienced. A necessary, incredibly nuanced portrait of a survivor, The Inheritance of Shame will change lives." --Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased: A Memoir.