Jenna Brooks' Debut Novel "October Snow" Presents Unique Perspective on Domestic Violence
Author reveals hidden heroism of battered women and highlights the aftermath experienced by those who escape their abusive situations
DERRY, N.H., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Drawing on real-life work experience, divorce coach and author Jenna Brooks offers a unique perspective on the targets of domestic violence in her debut novel, OCTOBER SNOW.
"After years of witnessing the lengths that a battered mother will go to in order to protect her children, I decided it was time to express a more accurate perspective on these women," Brooks says. "As a culture, we regard them as weak, naive, and helpless - when the truth is, they're nothing less than heroic."
In October Snow, Brooks writes from the point of view that battered mothers are heroes more than victims, and that they are targeted as much by the Family Court system as they are by their abusers.
Set in New Hampshire and Boston, the novel tells the story of Josilyn "Josie" Kane, a divorced, formerly battered woman whose life is gradually taken apart: first, by her abusive husband; then, by the Family Court system and a misogynistic "Father's Rights" lawyer. After her divorce, Josie works with a domestic violence organization, taking on the complex battle of rescuing other abused women - until the night that her client is murdered, which is the tragedy that puts the rest of Josie's story in motion.
Her subsequent struggle to survive her past is revealed through her complicated friendship with two women, Maxine and Samantha - both of whom fight to save her from the deepening rage which threatens to destroy her.
Throughout October Snow, Brooks makes the case that the Family Court system, Father's Rights attorneys, and the culture itself are often a batterer's best allies. The novel goes an important step further, as it examines what the author calls a "vastly ignored" issue: the aftermath of domestic violence for women who manage to escape.
Jenna Brooks is an author, columnist, seminar instructor, and divorce coach. Her website, with links to her author's page and media/reviewer contact information, can be found at http://jennabrooks.weebly.com.
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