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Cynthia J. Giachino Publishes a One-of-a-Kind Autobiographical Novel in “Quiet. Fear.”

A remarkable, hard-hitting story of trauma and perseverance. - KIRKUS REVIEWS

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“This is a detailed, unflinching story of abuse and the damage that follows, but also of the mind’s amazing ability to endure and heal. It is painstakingly plotted; the author skillfully moves back and forth in time – while keeping the readers grounded in the moment. In sum, Quit. Fear. is a compelling tale…” – Blueink Review.

The self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet will soon display the autobiographical novel “Quiet. Fear.: An Autobiographical Novel” by Cynthia J. Giachino at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) 2023. The book trade fair will take place on October 18-22, 2023, at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Cynthia J. Giachino shares her life story in this unique autobiographical novel that takes the reader on two unforgettable journeys full of twists and turns. One is with Dr. Bricks, her therapist, whom she reluctantly reaches out to as the fear of her past remains a daily haunting, interfering with her new role as a mother. The second is the life experiences in the first two decades of the author’s life that cemented that fear.

In therapy and the year 1986, the author brings her readers to a greater understanding and awareness of the human body’s abilities to survive the unthinkable, fight for life, and carry trauma for a lifetime. She shows rather than tells by using dialogue to describe behaviors such as dissociation, compartmentalizing, and guilt vs. shame. Then, she moves swiftly into retelling her life story.

The author does this by creating a character, Lilly, to represent her heart and eyes in her memories starting from her birth in 1952. Thus, we have an autobiographical novel. In this thread, the story introduces Lilly, her family, and their daily lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near a small town. It is when she is nearly four years old that her first memory arises from the dark, deep gut of her mind. The trigger is a camera and bright lights. The user is her uncle and godfather, Frank.

Cynthia J. Giachino continues to open her life of shame to her readers throughout her growing years and into young adulthood through Lilly, who becomes an independent, rebellious teen. This behavior creates conflicts and challenges with her parents. To Lilly, the family is her younger sister and her beloved older brother, Anthony. There is no room in her heart for her parents. As she leaves home at eighteen and begins to build a life that only she is in control of, life once again starts to unravel from triggers of the past and the continuing fear of Uncle Frank and his conniving wife, Aunt Millie.

Lilly shows the reader how desperate the need for normalcy is for adult survivors of childhood trauma. She seeks to be better than those who took almost everything from her. But her quiet fear felt like a hand around her throat. She had lost her voice. She had lost herself. She had lost the truth, which only she knew existed in her family. And now, she faces the most difficult and dangerous journey of all: giving her secrets a new life beyond therapy. She’s scared and feels alone. Does she have the strength? Who will believe what she has to say?

Get a copy of “Quiet. Fear.: An Autobiographical Novel” by Cynthia J. Giachino on the ReadersMagnet Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. For more information about Cynthia J. Giachino and her works, check her website at

Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) to check out the book’s display.

“Quiet. Fear.: An Autobiographical Novel”
Author | Cynthia J. Giachino
Genre | Autobiographical novel
Publisher | ReadersMagnet LLC
Published date | April 2023

Cynthia J. Giachino was dedicated to teaching children and young teens. She graduated from college with two majors in education and a minor in psychology. Cynthia taught for over 30 years. She was born and raised in Northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula. It was here where her passion for mother nature began.

Upon retirement and encouraged by a friendship, she began her life-long goal of writing a book to share her personal childhood trauma experiences, hoping to bring awareness of its effects to her readers.

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 Quiet. Fear.
 Cynthia J. Giachino
 Autobiographical Novel
 Frankfurter Buchmesse

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