A young girl’s fatal, decade-long struggle with anorexia and bulimia is chronicled from her mother’s perspective in this heartbreaking memoir. Barbara Hale-Seubert tried to cope with grief, fear, and powerlessness as her daughter suffered through these diseases, and she kept a journal of their experiences as a form of therapy. These entries are the basis for a raw and revealing narrative, meant to offer other parents the comfort that comes with knowing they are not alone, the strength to help their children through the agony of eating disorders, and the grace to learn to surrender what is out of their control.
Barbara Hale-Seubert is a psychotherapist. She lives in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
"Hale-Seubert tells the story of a mother's worst nightmarea daughter's struggle against and ultimate defeat by anorexia and bulimia. . . . Readers may find Hale-Seubert's book painful to read, but they will have a hard time turning away from the author's stark, candid, courageous voice." Kirkus Reviews (April 15, 2011)
"A well-written and searingly honest account of a mother’s journey through loss and grief." Frederic Luskin, PhD, author, Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love
"Riptide will benefit anyone who is dealing with a mentally ill or addicted family member. [Hale-Seubert] writes with genuine authenticity, warmth, compassion, and forgiveness certainly for her daughter, and finally, for herself." David Mandelbaum, PhD, family therapist
"Barbara Hale-Seubert’s raw honesty opens the door for others to walk through. She gives us a space to feel free of judgment and a place to honor our pain. In doing so she gives us hope. By sharing her and Erin’s journey, she joins us in ours." Mary Ellen Clausen, executive director, Ophelia's Place
"A compelling, heart-wrenching journey into her family’s fatal ten-year odyssey. Miraculously, Barbara is able to tell her devastating story in a way that provides hope and guidance to others." Doris Smeltzer, author, Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia
"Barbara Hale-Seubert has captured something I’ve never seen someone do in writing: the rawness and genuine authenticity of a mother’s pain. In the course of her book, she unlocked that pain and gave mothers permission to acknowledge their own needs and reactions." Carolyn Hodges, CEO, Nutrition Clinic and Sol Stone Center for Eating Disorders