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Rachael Brooks, Beads

Saturday, January 18   |   2:00 pm


McIntyre’s Books

Imagine you’re wearing a beaded necklace and in an instant, someone forcibly pulls it from your neck. The beads scatter everywhere. Some you pick up right away, nervously trying to put the necklace back together. Some are lost forever and some you just stop looking for but find many years later.

Rachael Brooks’ debut memoir, Beads, is the harrowing story of a rape victim determined to become a survivor by putting her life back together. It details her journey after suffering a brutal attack, confronting the devastating justice system, and ultimately discovering the other side of trauma: forgiveness and peace. Beads reveals the realities and challenges survivors face, as well as the roller coaster of emotions throughout their journey. Evoking outrage and hope, author Rachael Brooks tackles issues surrounding sexual assault that are still prevalent today. When will enough be enough? Rachael’s definitive answer is “now.”

Rachael Brooks currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a die-hard Carolina basketball fan. She is a former tax accountant and CPA who is now a stay-at-home mom. Immediately impacted by the #MeToo movement in 2017, Rachael set out on her own personal mission to make her story known and join the thousands of courageous women and men who have also come forward to share their stories of survival and hope.