Book: Years of Tears by Maxine Brownecategories: Book, Domestic, Abuse, Relationship, Ex, Control, Stalk, Child, Jealous, Husband, Marriage, Domestic Violence
Maxine Browneabout this book: I married a man who seemed like the answer to my prayers. He turned out to be my worst nightmare.
He controlled me and my children with verbal abuse, threats, lies and manipulation. He divided and scattered us. After ten years there was nothing left of who we had been prior to meeting him.
In Years of Tears I wanted to show the impact of domestic violence on a community and not just on one woman. So, I interviewed my children so that they could tell what living in an abusive household was like for them. I also interviewed the foster mother of one of my daughters. Then, I transcribed the taped interviews and interspersed the text into the chapters where it felt most relevant.
I had never heard their stories before the day of the interviews. I typed whatever they said. As I transcribed the recordings I cried as I saw layer after layer of pain caused by my decision to let one person into our lives.
I wanted ripples on the book cover because this is how I think about the impact of domestic violence. The ripples have gone out year after year after year. We have suffered financial losses that will never be recovered. The trauma we experienced still bubbles up in each of our lives. The verbal and emotional abuse still haunts each of us. We are forever changed by our experience of domestic violence.
Life does not have a Reset Button. Every day we make decisions based on what we know at the time. We choose and then the consequences of those decisions are all around us. Sometimes the consequences are great. Other times they are nearly unbearable.
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