Types of Relationships That Open Adults Up to Love

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New book by Denise Turney examines the impact of childhood alcoholism and abandonment on adults, offers hope.

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Set in Ohio and Pennsylvania the novel, Love Pour Over Me, written by Denise Turney, explores the affects that Malcolm Clark’s untreated alcoholism has on his teenage son, Raymond. “Addiction erodes familial relationships, touching millions of American lives daily,” Turney shares. She continues, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50% of Americans are regular drinkers. Thousands of regular drinkers have a disease that prevents them from addressing the needs of their own children. The impact of these heart wrenching relationships not only follows children into adulthood, it influences societal relationships.”

In addition to examining the affects of parental alcoholism, Love Pour Over Me recounts Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. A national track and field standout, the cradle of Raymond’s life is steeped in unpredictability. Not only does his father struggle with alcoholism, his mother abandoned him when he was two years old, leaving him alone with Malcolm.

Raymond’s track and field successes make him one of America’s top middle-distance runners. His athletic exploits also earn him a scholarship to a prestigious university, where Raymond meets a motley sort of friends, some famous, some from other countries, each with an intriguing story of his own. University is also where Raymond starts a healthy relationship, the type that opens him up to love.

When asked why she chose to tackle a tumultuous father/son relationship in her latest novel, Turney said, “Examination is a first step toward correction. Alcoholism touches thousands of children’s lives. Due to embarrassment many children, including teens, hide pain caused by the disease. By reading the fictional relationship Raymond shares with his father, teens can see they are not alone. This, in turn,” Turney adds, “Can allow for understanding, deeper probing, discussion and healing.”

Denise Turney and/or her work have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Parade, Sisters In Style, Emerge, Madame Noire, Today’s Black Woman, The Network Journal, The Bucks County Courier Times, The Trenton State College Literary Review and We The People. In addition to Love Pour Over Me, Turney has authored the books Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral, Long Walk Up and Rosetta’s Great Hope. Turney is also the founder of The Book Lover’s Haven and host of the literary radio show, Off The Shelf.

Love Pour Over Me is available in e-book format at major online retailers like Amazon.com, iTunes, Google Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Ingram and Ebookit.com. Readers can also order Love Pour Over Me direct from the publisher at http://www.chistell.com.

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