An Instant New York Times Bestseller
"Miller is an extraordinary writer: plain, precise and moving." --NPR
"Know My Name is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --Washington Post
"Know My Name marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Miller's words are purpose. They are maps. And she is a treasure who has prevailed." --The New York Times
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.
Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reveals that she is “Emily Doe,” the young woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner at a Stanford University party. During the trial, Miller’s eloquent and raw victim impact statement sparked a national debate about white male privilege. With her powerful book, Miller gets to speak for herself in public for the very first time. Her searing memoir gives her an opportunity to discuss her life before and after the attack and reflect on the emotional trauma she still faces, as well as her long, complicated road to finding justice and peace. As infuriating and heartbreaking as her story remains, Miller’s hard-won wisdom feels inspiring and empowering. Her story is distressingly common—and it’s one everyone should know.
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This is important. This is powerful. This is necessary. Every single person should have to read every single word of this. Thank you, Chanel, for your bravery and honesty.
the incredible New York time bestselling author Chanel Miller!
Chanel is an incredible human being. The way she writes is so real and beautiful. Thank You Chanel for sharing your story! lots of love!
this book is an anthem for the change i want to see in this world
there are not enough words to fully praise this book. i am in awe of chanel’s powerful, beautiful voice. it gives me hope that this world can change, will change. and she gives inspiration to all of us.
it is such an honor to know her story and know her name.