The Process of Fraying by Jess Neal Woods

Publication Date: January 5, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 446 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Violet is a pillar of hospitality and compassion within her community. As a farmerís wife and mother of a large brood, she is resolute, thrifty, and charming. The life that is woven between the land and her family is one of harmony and beauty.

When she begins to struggle with depression, her demeanor changes. At first, the change is subtle, but it becomes increasingly problematic as Violet struggles with bouts of incapacitating depression and anxiety and visions of self-harm. A candle flame offers a way to feel, even if it is the pain of a burn. Her beloved creek becomes ominous as it beckons to her. Having no real understanding of what is happening within her, Violet turns to both the religious and medical communities for guidance. Both fail her. With her identity stripped away and her family reeling from the aftermath, Violet must determine if she can make peace with the changes within herself before she is consumed by them.

The Process of Fraying is a historical family drama that explores the social, religious, and medical stigmas surrounding mental health in the 1940s.

My Thoughts: This was a gorgeously written but a difficult book for me to read.  The issue of mental health is one that is very important to me because I have struggled with anxiety and depression.  Reading about what Violet endured and the history of the treatment of mental health patients in the late 1930s was a punch to the gut.  The research in this book is incredible.  I realized why there is so much of a stigma surrounding mental health disorders that obviously still exists today. Even though this book was so hard for me to read, I am so glad that I did.


May was Mental Health Awareness Month.  If you are interested in the history of how we got to the place we are as a society regarding mental health issues, you need to read this book.  Not only is there medical history here, which was something I was particularly interested to read, it is a story of a Violet’s journey and the affect it had on her family and community.

Thank you to Amy @HFVBT for the invitation to read and review this book!

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About the Author

Jess is a debut novelist in historical fiction centering around the WWII era. A graduate of Indiana University, Jess holds a degree in English. When she is not reading or writing, she teaches English (literature and composition) courses online to high school students. Jess currently resides in upstate New York with her husband, Josh, their three children, and their two dogs. Though she is a Georgia native, Jess has lived in a multitude of states. Each place gives her writing fresh flare and direction as she is exposed to new people, stories, and experiences.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 10
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Review & Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 11
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, June 12
Feature at What Is That Book About

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Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review at Henry and Benny’s Book Nook

Friday, June 14
Review at A Book Geek

Saturday, June 15
Feature at Broken Teepee

Monday, June 17
Review at Mama Panda Bear
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story


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