Cooper Lee Collins’ new novel lends words to voiceless victims

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‘The Blind Man’s Laughter’ spins true stories of abused women into one woman’s battle

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Many years ago author Cooper Lee Collins recorded several elderly women discussing their experiences as victims of abuse. Inspired by their tragic stories and wanting to give their lives resolution, she created her new novel, “The Blind Man’s Laughter” (published by AuthorHouse), which follows one woman through the 1940s and ’50s, during her struggle to escape the life into which that abuse led her

Lily Josephine Stowe carries a burden of shame which she refuses to share with anyone: she is molested then threatened with the words, “Just wait till your mother learns what you’ve done.” To make matters worse, believing she alone is to blame she is led into situations she could have otherwise avoided. Like many others who shared similar experiences, she keeps it all inside.

“The Blind Man’s Laughter” takes the true stories of several abused women and weaves them into one character, Lily Josephine, to bring to life what so many women experienced. Readers are able to experience her yesterdays themselves through words on paper, as she commits sin after sin, piling one atop another: all of it a result of her abuse, before realizing the liberation honesty can bring her.

Collins hopes her book can bring readers a sense of vindication through the release of their own feelings of guilt. She also hopes her book will pay tribute to the many women who were affected by abuse during the ’40s and ’50s, when such things were taboo to discuss.

“The Blind Man’s Laughter”
By Cooper Lee Collins
Soft cover | 6 x 9 in | 470 pages | ISBN 9781496972811
E-Book | 470 pages | ISBN 9781496972804
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Cooper Lee Collins has been writing since the first grade, when she plagiarized the first grade reader for her class. She continued this trend by plagiarizing “The Ugly Duckling,” changing only the names to reflect her own life. It was in high school that she began crafting her own stories, something she still does today.

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