Howard Be Thy Name

Howard Be Thy Name

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In 1968 Evie Edwards, divorced, and a mother of four children, falls in love with Howard Russo, a newly ordained Catholic priest. Unyielding to the consequences their relationship will have on her children, Evie throws herself and her children into a life of secrecy, lies, and betrayals. The story begins with Evie confronting a heartbreaking revelation that forces her to choose between her children and Howard.

Howard Be Thy Name is a story rooted in finding reasons for the complicated ways we fail our children in spite of our best intentions and the desire to give them a better life. The story asks how could this secret life go undetected and seeks to demonstrate that there are many victims of the sex abuse scandal that continues to plague the Catholic Church.

This beautifully structured story is told with gravity, tenderness and even-handed compassion. The drive to survive, the hunger to belong, the power of love are evoked in artfully compressed episodes, quietly revealing how daily family life knits together the psyches of separate individuals to soothe, to save, and -- given our flaws -- to exploit.

—Lucia Nevai, Author, Salvation, Seriously, Normal

This intriguing, poignant, and well-written story helps us understand ourselves, in all our complexity, and how, generation after generation, we live our lives, sometimes learning the lessons we need, and sometimes not. With applicability to us all, inside and outside of the Catholic Church, this story of child sexual abuse helps us understand why we must!

—Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.

This is a story of childhood trauma and the loss of family, self, and a sense of justice. The shame and longing for any form of family, in each of its characters, is vividly conveyed. Such accounts, memoir or fiction, are a gift to the reader, serving as validation for silenced victims, and guidance in one’s own self-reflection.

—Candace White, PhD, Psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment.

It's not often we are offered a story as honest as this one. A fictionalized account of reality, "Howard" is engrossing and moving in its unpretentious narrative. Easy to read, hard to take, and well worthwhile.

—Shirley Nelson, Author, The Risk of Returning, The Last Year of the War, Fair, Clear, and Terrible