Critically Acclaimed Novel Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and author Steven Donahue’s novel "Amanda Rio," which examines this important issue, has earned critical acclaim since its publication in 2004. Reviews on Amazon.com and Crystalreviews.com praise the book for its unflinching look at domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and author Steven Donahue’s novel "Amanda Rio," which examines this important issue, has earned critical acclaim since its publication in 2004. Reviews on Amazon.com and Crystalreviews.com praise the book for its unflinching look at domestic violence.

"Amanda Rio" tells the story of a housewife who leads a seemingly normal life. She takes care of her husband Bobby and their 12-year-old daughter Mary in their quiet suburban neighborhood. She cooks, cleans and shops like any other homemaker. But her life is a continual nightmare. Amanda lives with a monster: her husband Bobby.

The burly man has a short fuse and he frequently takes out his frustrations on his wife. She seeks the help of a trusted priest and manages to convince her husband to begin couples counseling after Bobby inadvertently injures his daughter during one of his tirades. However, Amanda’s relationships with two different younger men threaten the Rio’s marriage and her own safety.

This character-driven story explores Amanda’s efforts to repair her marriage, and her self-destructive personality that complicates her quest. The only thing she wants is to live a safe and happy life. But her own foolish impulses may destroy her dream.

Steven Donahue is a staff writer for a national television magazine. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, he has a B.A. in Journalism. He makes his home in Southampton, Pa. with his wife and daughter. "Amanda Rio" is his first novel.

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