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A Memoir of Love,

Betrayal, and Courage

by Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams


Historic. Illuminating. Memoir.


In Death of the Good Girl, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams leads a seemingly perfect life as a renowned psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and devoted mother. But when tragedy strikes with the sudden loss of her husband and a breast cancer diagnosis, her world shatters. Discovering her husband’s double life after his passing adds to her anguish, forcing her not only to fight for her life but also for her legacy. 

Set against the backdrop of a vibrant, mid-20th-century African American community in New York City, untouched by Jim Crow but plagued by societal tensions, Dr. Williams recounts her journey from the innocent beginnings where she was raised to be a good girl by three generations of Black women—all living in the same house—to her transformative demise and subsequent resurrection. As she battles cancer, betrayal, and financial ruin in myriad unexpected ways, she finds the strength to rebuild and redefine herself. 

Dr. Williams shares her remarkable story of resilience, self-discovery, and redemption with raw honesty and gripping detail. Death of the Good Girl is a long-awaited testament to the power of courage and the indomitable spirit of a woman determined to rise from the ashes of her past.

Mesmerizing. Triumphant.

Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams is the CEO and founder of TTW Associates, Inc. This consultant firm provides academic support services, professional development for administrators and teachers, and parental support. Dr. Taylor Williams offers grief, family, adolescent, and academic counseling as a mental health clinician. In addition, Dr. Taylor Williams is a consultant to school districts throughout New York State.

Dr. Taylor Williams has held numerous positions in both private and public education. As a former teacher, remedial specialist, and administrator for the New York City Board of Education, Dr. Taylor Williams has worked to improve the learning opportunities for all students.

Dr. Taylor Williams is also used as a specialist on mental health issues for Good Morning America, GMA3, ABC-TV News, and CNN.
Dr. Taylor Williams is a professor of psychology for the City University of New York, State University of New York, and Long Island University systems. Dr. Taylor Williams is a published author who has written extensively on education issues affecting minority students and social-emotional learning and the impact on mental health for students of color. The most recent publication is a multi-cultural textbook, The Purpose of Understanding: A 21st Century Look into Psychology.

Dr. Taylor Williams is also the owner and publisher of New York Trend, a woman-minority-owned newspaper founded in 1989, and, distributed throughout New York, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. She is also a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association and American Counseling Association, is certified by New York State, and is a Board-Certified Human Services Provider.

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