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Sophie Tamas is a postdoctoral fellow in Emotional Geography at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and an award-winning playwright. Her current research examines sites of memory work, where we make sense and use of loss. She holds a PhD and MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Her publications focus on the ethical and methodological challenges of producing knowledge in sites of trauma. She lives in small-town Ontario with her partner, three teenage daughters, two dogs, two cats, and a fish.

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"This is one of the most innovative, subtle and creative pieces of qualitative work I have read for some time. Tamas' work is rich in meaning and theoretical intent, while remaining sensitive to the experience of women recovering from spousal abuse. The book is an excellent read, reminding us of the different and powerful ways in which research can be presented.

--Karl Atkin, University of York
"An original, smart, well-crafted, and heartfelt analysis of recovery--or not--from spousal abuse. Tamas brilliantly and passionately dialogues with postmodernists, feminists and clinicians. A must read for those interested in trauma and recovery."

--Laurel Richardson, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
"Bold in form and content, Tamas presents a transfixing account of life after leaving an abusive relationship. In examining the complexities, uncertainties and chaos in her own journey and in the experiences of other women, her work exposes the cracks in the story of the recovery process that has dominated the field of intimate partner violence. Hers is a work to pay attention to.

--Janice Ristock, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Manitoba

""Life after Leaving" represents the best in autoethnographic writing. Sophie Tamas turns her lens inward to show the passion, complexity, and emotionality in living with abuse; sideways to examine the relational aspects of abuse; then outward to show how personal narrative can be an effective tool to better understand and confront complex social issues. This is a bold, personal, performative, creative, and theoretically-rich story that will fully engage your heart, mind, and activist spirit."

--Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida


""Life after Leaving" is an amazing, brilliant work, hard to put down, charts new territory!"

--Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana


This is one of the most innovative, subtle and creative pieces of qualitative work I have read for some time. Tamas work is rich in meaning and theoretical intent, while remaining sensitive to the experience of women recovering from spousal abuse. The book is an excellent read, reminding us of the different and powerful ways in which research can be presented.
Karl Atkin, University of York"
An original, smart, well-crafted, and heartfelt analysis of recovery or not from spousal abuse. Tamas brilliantly and passionately dialogues with postmodernists, feminists and clinicians. A must read for those interested in trauma and recovery.
Laurel Richardson, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University"
Bold in form and content, Tamas presents a transfixing account of life after leaving an abusive relationship. In examining the complexities, uncertainties and chaos in her own journey and in the experiences of other women, her work exposes the cracks in the story of the recovery process that has dominated the field of intimate partner violence. Hers is a work to pay attention to.
Janice Ristock, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Manitoba"

"Life after Leaving" represents the best in autoethnographic writing. Sophie Tamas turns her lens inward to show the passion, complexity, and emotionality in living with abuse; sideways to examine the relational aspects of abuse; then outward to show how personal narrative can be an effective tool to better understand and confront complex social issues. This is a bold, personal, performative, creative, and theoretically-rich story that will fully engage your heart, mind, and activist spirit.
Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida"


"Life after Leaving" is an amazing, brilliant work, hard to put down, charts new territory!
Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana"

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