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Beneath the Bruises

Beneath the Bruises

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Based on the author's experiences working with offenders of domestic violence -- an extraordinary novel about one woman's courageous journey to discover her voice, strength, and dignity after drowning in an abusive marriage.

After suffering under years of emotional and physical abuse, Syreeta embarks on a search for the identity beyond wife and mother. Now, removed from that destructive relationship, she struggles to find out who she is and what she is capable of. With the help of her psychologist, Syreeta begins to expose the many scars that layer her soul -- healing the guilt, hurt, and shame that have alienated her from friends and family for far too long.

Syreeta discovers the many options life still has to offer her, and must find the bravery she possesses to heal herself, forgive those who beat her down, and move on to a fresh start in life. Beneath the Bruises is a riveting and empowering take of rediscovering one's dignity and exposes the devastating cycle of domestic abuse and a better understanding of its victims.
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  • Strebor Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416585077 | 
  • November 2008
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Q. how did you come to write Beneath the Bruises?

A. Beneath the Bruises started out as a poem dedicated to women who had experienced domestic violence. I eventually decided to turn it into a book as a result of my work with the offenders of domestic violence.

I was inspired to write Shattered Souls during my time as a director for an adolescent crisis shelter. After almost ten years of working there, I would often wonder who and what some of these teens would become as adults. Then I started having dreams for three nights straight. On the third night, I woke up and started typing. Eight months later, my manuscript was finished.

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