The Rope In The Water

Sylvia Fraser

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The Rope in the Water is the story of Sylvia Fraser's three-month pilgrimage to India in search of "something larger than myself, something deeper, something more" Travelling 12,000 kilometres across deserts and through jungles, she visits sacred sites such as the twilight city of Varanasi on the Ganges, dense with the smoke of hundreds of funeral pyres; north to the glittering Golden Temple of the Sikhs; up Mount Abu where she stays with a Hindu sect called the Brahma Kumaris; south to a Buddhist retreat where she meditates 11 hours a day for 10 days while observing a vow of silence; and to the beach in Kovalam where her life is saved by a miracle. Fraster employs her lyrical yet incisive writing style to bring alive the sense-luscious tapestry of India even as she explores Eastern concepts such as 'You see what you are', 'You create your own future', and most importantly, 'Change yourself and you change everything,' sparked by occasional dialogues with her enigmatic Indian guru.

Sylvia Fraser’s 1987 non-fiction book - "My Father's House: a Memoir of Incest and of Healing" - was one of the first to break the silence on child sexual abuse, till then a taboo subject. It was translated into many languages, became an international bestseller, and is still considered a classic. The New York Times described it as having a significance comparable to "The Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mocking Bird" in the chronicling of its times. Fraser has continued to write compellingly about child sexual abuse. In “Maggie and the Pedophiles,” she described how her father used her as his ticket to a child brothel - a memory that was not available to her until after she had published “My Father’s House.” In “Caged: Extreme Child Abuse,” Fraser tells another true story, this time taken from court documents, of adoptive parents who kept two teenage brothers caged for twelve years. In “Denial: the Sexual Abuse Wars,” she writes about the social history of sexual abuse - how awareness has made its way into public consciousness several times in the past, only to be denied and buried once again. Most recently, Fraser published “Dear Sexual Abuse Survivor: This is the Guide I Wish Someone Had Written for Me.” In this book - available only on Kindle - the author digs deeply into her own pioneering experience of childhood abuse, supplemented by the experiences of other abuse survivors, to provide a guide for healing. She shows the often hidden ways in which this trauma reaches its tentacles into an adult survivor’s emotional life, stealing health and happiness. She exposes the tragedy of denial, in its many forms, and shows survivors how to purge debilitating anger, fear, guilt and depression by tracing these back to their source in the abuse. Sylvia Fraser expresses her passion for travel in "The Rope in the Water: a Pilgrimage to India" and in "The Green Labyrinth: Exploring the Mysteries of the Amazon." Both books follow the theme of self-discovery and spiritual quest through adventurous and sometimes dangerous landscapes. Because of the many meaningful psychic incidents that Fraser has experienced, she wrote "The Book of Strange" (also published as "The Quest for the Fourth Monkey: a Thinker's Guide to the Psychic and Spiritual Revolutions"). Fraser’s aim was to understand these intuitive, emotional and spiritual events from a scientific and rational viewpoint. In “Psychic Secrets: Foretelling the Future,” she introduces us to a gifted psychic who has influenced her personal journey. In 2010, Fraser co-authored "The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing" with scientist William Bengston Ph.D. This book describes how Dr. Bengston cured cancer in mice, under laboratory conditions, using only the energy of his hands. These experiments verified decades of clinical work in which he healed many patients of a variety of diseases, including cancer. Fraser's novels range from the contemporary to the historical. It was only after she recovered her memories of sexual abuse that she realized that several books she wrote as “fiction” contained the encoded story of incest with her father at a time when this was still blocked from her consciousness. Though “Pandora” can be enjoyed simply as the story of a child growing up during World War II, the careful reader, aided by an Author’s Note, can track clues to the author’s sexual abuse in Pandora’s relationship to her father. The same is true of “The Emperor’s Virgin,” a chronicle of lust, intrigue and love set in Imperial Rome. On the surface, it’s the haunting story of a vestal virgin who is buried alive for breaking her vow of chastity. On a deeper level, the reader “sleuth” can easily see that Emperor Domitian, who condemns the virgin, is another stand-in for the author’s father. In the novel “The Ancestral Suitcase,” Fraser’s heroine time-travels back to early twentieth-century Britain to untangle the secrets of her ancestry. Fraser’s personal favorite is “Berlin Solstice,” a tour de force set between 1923 to 1945, featuring a classic love story against the backdrop of war and corruption. Inspired by her own German ancestry, it follows the interwoven lives of a fascinating set of Germans as they struggle with the extreme moral complexities and the chaos brought about by the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler. "FRAMED? A Case of Murder, Terror and Sex" is a thriller mystery available only on Kindle. Sylvia Fraser has published an illustrated children's book; ghost-written several celebrity memoirs, and written hundreds of magazine articles for which she has won

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