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“…so powerful, so intimate, so unsettling, so brave, so word precious, so chokingly real, so important, so beautiful, so unbelievable…I just wanted you to know, I am reading it but it is taking me awhile to get through it as it just stops me dead so many times…”

Spring 2021, reader review

Fortunate Daughter: A Memoir of Reconciliation

by Rosie McMahan

Fortunate Daughter is available on Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, Bookshop.org, Apple, Kobo, etc.

You can go to any of those websites and search by title or my name, and my book should appear. You can then use the links provided on those websites. 

As a longtime fan of indie bookstores, I also encourage friends and family to buy from their local bookstore as a way to generate goodwill.

To read an excerpt from my book, click here.

Click here to read an essay I wrote some time ago titled “After All These Years” and check out Donna Jenson, a survivor activist who is doing incredible work to promote healing and joy within the survivor community. She also is one of the people I spoke with for my podcast series.

To read an essay I recently wrote titled “This Happened To Me” click here and check out StopItNow!, great organization doing terrific work in the area of sexual abuse prevention.

To watch a recording of my virtual book launch on May 21st 2021, click here. I am available to give a reading in person or virtually upon request.


Click here to check out my podcast producer, Steve Folsom, a dear friend, who is resourceful and reliant and uses his expertise alongside his quality equipment to create a product that sounds like it should.

Below, you can listen to remarkable and illuminating conversations about my experience of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), what promoted and hindered healing in my life and how my experience of reconciliation was shaped by caring adults, including my parents – the very people responsible for my abuse.


Heart 2 Heart with Rosie McMahan

I am having conversations with reflective and informed people from my circle of family and friends who have read my book. Each one of them carries genuine and particular interest in unsettling the braid of secrecy, stigma and shame that so often accompanies (CSA), the force of speaking truth to power, and the role that forgiveness can play in moving ahead in one’s life.

Conversation with Dr. Judith Herman and Emily Schatzow, the two clinicians who worked with my family and I. Hear what they have to say on the topic of breaking secrecy.
Judith Lewis Herman M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry (part time) at Harvard Medical School. For thirty years, until she retired, she was Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Herman is the author of two award-winning books: Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981), and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2007 she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  
Emily Schatzow, M.Ed. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA, offering individual and group psychotherapy and consultation to therapists and clients. She is a Senior Consultant at  VISIONS, Inc.  a non-profit training and consulting organization, specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion. Her publications include Breaking Secrecy: Adult Survivors Disclose To Their Families (co-authored by Judith). Emily and Judith run an ongoing consultation group for clinicians focusing on trauma.

Conversation with Beth Fraster, Part I, friend and colleague. Listen to what Beth has to say about the impact my book had on her and her observation that there were a number of people who could have intervened on my family’s behalf and didn’t. For over 30 years, she has worked with and advocated for young people within a framework that values, honors and places emphasis on trusting relationships as a crucial element in healing.  She has held young people’s stories of trauma and journeyed with them as they move to a better place. She believes we cannot accomplish the task of helping people heal without using restorative practices. She, also, assumes that the impact of trauma on individuals, families and our communities need more attention as a social justice tool, thus creating more equitable space for all.  
Conversation with Beth Fraster, Part II. Hear more about the ways in which Beth reflects with me on how trusting relationships play a critical role in my story of healing and reconciliation. Maybe her observations can help guide us in our work to help people heal.

Conversation with Donna Jenson, who founded Time To Tell with a mission to spark stories from lives affected by incest and sexual abuse to be told and heard.  She wrote and performs her one-woman play, What She Knows: One Woman’s Way Through Incest to Joy, which is based on her own experience of surviving incest and what she did to make her life worth living. Her book, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy, is a memoir of the choices she made and experiences she had that helped her heal from her childhood trauma.


After having conversations with me, Kaydance CiCi Scotto shared this image. One of 12 they created, inspired by a variety of books that they’ve been engaging with around healing justice and building relationships, etc. 

Two conversations with Allison Scott, who grew up in the California Bay Area and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. They live and work to build meaningful relationships, strengthen communication skills, and continue to practice growth, healing, and creativity. They have the privilege of leading groups and supporting other individuals in this work through participation in nonprofit organizations and community spaces. Shortly after recording these, Allison changed their name to Kaydance. In honor of the journey they took to get where they are, I am honored to make this known to my listening audience.


A conversation with Gabriel Grimes. He is my nephew and also a young adult man growing up in this world, trying to make sense of it. He is intelligent, funny, earnest and thoughtful. Because of COVID, he lived with us this past year and learned some stuff about his family, my family, our family that was new to him. It was his suggestion that I record our conversation with one another. He has not yet read my book, but he tells me that he will. When that happens, he would like me to interview him again.