The Second Chasm
A Soul’s Troubled
Journey from Despair
by Karen V. Kibler
Author of The Cracker Factory
The Second Chasm is a story that belongs to the twenty million people in
the United States alone who suffer from depression. Six years after an
emotionally devastating divorce, the author read The Cracker Factory and
learned that the symptoms she had experienced were classical among
those who are clinically depressed. This knowledge brought her healing
and self-understanding. Just five years after reading the book, her second
husband was killed in an accident, and soon after, she descended into a
second chasm of depression.
Perhaps the most compelling feature of The Second Chasm is that it
was written by an average person who experiences grief not unlike that of
so many others. It is not a story of the greatest tragedy or the most
difficult challenge; rather, it is the story of a common tragedy and an
all-too familiar challenge. It is unique because it bridges two of the most
common losses faced in this world: divorce and widowhood. The two
separate chasms that resulted not from grief, but from depression, were
born of the same illness. The recoveries offer a message of hope, as she
describes the journey from despair to healing.
Karen Kibler was raised in a small farming community in Iowa. She earned her
Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1977, and soon after relocated to
Arizona. She received a Ph.D. in 1997 from Arizona State University where she is
now an Assistant Research Professor and the university Biosafety Manager. The focus
of her current research is HIV vaccines and treatments. Prior to her career in science
she held several positions in business, from receptionist to owner, though her resume
also includes skills such as welding and heavy equipment operation.
Writing has been a long-time passion of hers; however, until the completion of
The Second Chasm, her audience was restricted to family and college class professors.