Author details the effects of demeaning words and violent actions upon the mind of a child in ‘Monsters on the Sidewalk’

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Jeanne Olufson remarkets her inspiring autobiography with a new title

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After surviving her mother’s abandonment, her father’s oppression, and her stepmother’s brutality, Jeanne Olufson has now recovered and shares her riveting journey in “Monsters on the Sidewalk: Memories of Child Abandonment, Domestic Violence, and Unconditional Love” (published by Trafford Publishing).

It took 40 long years for Olufson to begin writing her story. As a child who suffered abuse, she could not speak for herself. She wrote the first draft when she was serving in a county jail as a GED teacher. After reading her story, her students were able to relate to her, not only as their teacher, but also as a fellow survivor of abuse.

Olufson felt the need to impart her story to a wider audience — to all those who can help and to others who can benefit from knowing they are not alone. And so she pens “Monsters on the Sidewalk.”

The book explains how abuse reaches into succeeding generations and touches almost everyone in some way. It is a gripping story of a resilient young girl's abandonment, the brutality of her childhood, and ultimately her trials in adulthood, stabilized by the enduring love of her grandparents.

Olufson aims to engender hope for survivors or victors, and show that the cycle of abuse can stop in their lives, sparing the next generation. “The brighter light we shine on maltreatment, the greater chance we have to slow its growth,” she says. For more information on the book, please visit

“Monsters on the Sidewalk: Memories of Child Abandonment, Domestic Violence, and Unconditional Love”
By Jeanne Olufson
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781490798172
Softcover | 6x9 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781490798158
E-Book | 176 pages | ISBN 9781490798165
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jeanne Olufson writes under a pen name to protect her former step-sister and brothers. She is a retired special education/social studies teacher, a watercolor artist, mother and grandmother. She lives with her husband in the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. Together, they are building a new life amongst the exquisite beauty, wildlife and wonderful people of Arkansas.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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