Domestic Violence Awareness Month: New Mystery Novel Reveals How Violence Hides in Unsuspecting Lives

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Following Lee Griffith's story, readers share her unfolding awareness as she discovers the injuries of hidden violence and turns to mend them. Their emotional connection with her experiences can bring understanding where factual information about domestic violence may not. A Question of Dreams offers a compelling story that can deepen understanding and raise awareness about paths of discovery and healing in abusive relationships.

As national Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins,The Harp Star Press announces the release of A Question of Dreams by Amanda Harrison. She is a powerful storyteller whose work in prevention and treatment of domestic violence gives her profound insight into its subtleties and consequences. The novel is a fast-paced mystery, uncovering insidious ways that abuse within close relationships twists the lives of those it touches, to reveal the work of discovery that can lead to radiant healing.

Domestic violence is epidemic in our culture. It affects children, elders, teenagers and adults, men as well as women, people with advanced degrees as well as those who can't read or write, the rich and apparently powerful as well as those in poverty. Its impact is everywhere. In an effort to bring domestic violence to public awareness, information constantly circulates in the news media, libraries, schools, social service agencies and on the Internet.

How is it, then, that domestic violence can still be overlooked? The answer is stunning: it hides itself from awareness, even in those who are experiencing it. People often do not allow themselves to see the truth of their own lives or the lives of those close to them. And this can happen in the most unlikely places.

The life of Dr. Lee Griffith, in A Question of Dreams, is just such a place. She is a behavioral scientist, whose long career has taught her which questions to ask and how to answer them. She is sure that she knows her work, her husband, and her grown children. She knows her past. But her well-practiced life begins to unravel when a question arrives for which she has no answer. The maps she's made for herself--of marriage, of parenting, of science and of her own mind--start to disintegrate. A few words, spoken in the night, tumble her into places much darker and more luminous than she's ever imagined. Forced to leave what's familiar, step by reluctant step she travels into realms she's never seen before but which have always been in plain sight.

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