Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor is a memoir, looking back on childhood from the perspective of a 55-year-old married psychologist and mother. At the age of four, Dr. Lise Deguire was third-degree burned on 65% of her body as the result of both maternal and corporate negligence. Against the odds, she lived through this injury, beginning decades of treatment as a burn survivor. Some chapters focus on early events, including the fire; school issues, such as bullying and isolation; and her years of treatment in the hospital. Other chapters focus on her adult life, such as her struggles to find romantic love, being a parent and a psychologist. She follows her two narcissistic parents through their own futile struggles to find happiness. She explores the four family suicides that took place in her family. Most importantly, she explains her long but triumphant path towards love, health and life satisfaction.
The voice of Flashback Girl is warm and engaging. Despite the seriousness of the subject, the tone of the book is positive and humorous, without self-pity. The aim is to inspire those who suffer to keep pushing on. If the author can make it, despite the tremendous odds against her, there is hope for all.