About EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN:
**Winner of the GOLD Medal in the 2020 IPPY Book of the Year Awards.**
This dazzling collection, “rich in vulnerability and candor,” reveals how a young professor found her voice by confronting her difficult past.
In this clear-eyed, incisive, and sometimes darkly funny book, author and law professor Katie Pryal takes readers on her journey from a place of fear and silence to one of courage and hope.
For years, Pryal experienced the many ways women are manipulated and exploited, but she kept the abuse secret because she believed she must in order to succeed in her career.
One day she spoke out, and, although terrified, she transformed her life from one of silent acceptance to one of strength by telling her own stories and speaking out against gender violence in every corner of society.
Her stories include a grim yet hilarious account of attempted sexual manipulation by a male professor that nearly cost Pryal her degree; a surreal, quick-witted tale of attempting to report her own sexual assault to a college Title IX office—once she became a full-time professor; a bizarre story of being secretly filmed by an artist for a massive public exhibit.
Pryal then turns her legal eye outward and provides sharp critiques of the Bill Cosby case, the musician Kesha’s struggle to break free of her abuser’s recording contract, the unending tangle of sexual assault and college sports—and more.
By taking difficult subjects of gender violence and sexual assault and handling them with grace and even humor, Pryal implores us to open our hearts to survivors and their stories so that we, too, will no longer be silent.
If you enjoy books by Rebecca Solnit and Melissa Febos, you will love Even If You’re Broken.
“Gives a voice to survivors whose bravery is often overlooked just because they are silent.” –BookTrib Magazine
“Pryal’s evocative essays remind us that there is power and beauty in our imperfect journey.” -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
Praise for EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKEN:
“Against the contemporary backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Title IX, Pryal’s book takes a significant place in the discussion, demanding to be seen and heard, giving a voice to survivors whose bravery is often overlooked just because they are silent.” –BookTrib Magazine
“Rich in vulnerability and candor, Pryal’s evocative essays remind us that the survivor journey is far from linear, and that there is power and beauty in our imperfect journey.” -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
“Pryal deftly sews together a patchwork quilt of stories, raw emotion, and insights that will touch every reader.” –Washington Post bestselling author Kelly Harms
“A harrowing, necessary, and beautiful book on consequences of the rampant sexual violence in our culture and a meditation on what it means to survive.” -Kelly J. Baker, award-winning author of Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia
“Pryal deftly unpacks the way both individuals and institutions fail survivors—and clearly explains how we can all do better.” -Bestselling author Camille Pagán
- Author: Katie Rose Guest Pryal
- Title: Even If You’re Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo
- Publication Date: November 2019
- Page Count: 224 (paper)
- ISBN Paper: 978-1-947834-42-2, Ebook: 978-1-947834-43-9