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Sentencing Silence
What is it that we cannot hold in our hands that holds us like a fist?
by Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt

Overview


What is it we cannot hold in our hands that holds us like a fist? This is the question that June, Reni, and Sandy must answer. Each of them only wants to return to college to study and write poetry, but the circumstances of their lives make this impossible. Sentencing Silence chronicles the journey through loss of innocence, identity, and voice toward breaking the silence that holds a trophy wife, a call girl, and a factory worker captive in the traumatic pasts that thwart their dreams.


     "In this heartbreakingly beautiful book, Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt takes the reader on a gut-wrenching ride through emotional and physical devastation -- and ultimately redemption -- all of it told in gorgeous, poetic prose. A marvel of creativity."

     -- Joyce Polance, Artist and Writer 

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Description


Set in 1980s Chicago, June is a young housewife determined to create the safe home she never had by replicating the dollhouse fantasies into which she escaped as a child. While denying the escalating memories of her past and patterns she is doomed to repeat, she submerges herself in domesticity while yielding to an abusive husband who methodically shatters her self-worth and dismisses her dream of writing and pursuing a college degree. After reluctantly participating with her husband and his circle of friends’ perverse sexual fantasies, the marriage turns violent and June is forced to find a way out. Embracing her anger, June reinvents herself as Reni, a call girl, who calculates how many tricks she must turn to afford college full time. She quickly finds her earnings must be utilized solely as emancipation from a desperate and dangerous existence. As if by a miracle, she finds love with a free-spirited female artist who renames her Sandy for her softness and her grit, but unable to escape her past demons, she loses herself in depression and addiction and becomes the abuser in the relationship. After a near fatal bus accident, June/Reni/Sandy must claim her memories, create a new language, and confront the traumatic childhood holding her captive to learn that her voice is the key to salvation.



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About the author


Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt studied fiction and poetry writing at Columbia College in her hometown of Chicago, and earned an MA in Transformative Language Arts and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has worked voluntarily assisting incest survivors, domestic abuse survivors, incarcerated women, homeless teen mothers, and veterans with PTSD break their silence through the healing power of the written word. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Big City Lit, 20 Pounds of Headlights, Mojave River Review, Threads, Dagda, Dead Beats, and Whiskey Island Review. She is currently working on her second novel in between walking her beloved, old English Cocker Spaniel, learning to cook like a boss, gardening, and dancing the Argentine Tango. She lives in San Jose, California. She is a survivor.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Contemporary Women

Language:English

Pages:524

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543959703


Overview


What is it we cannot hold in our hands that holds us like a fist? This is the question that June, Reni, and Sandy must answer. Each of them only wants to return to college to study and write poetry, but the circumstances of their lives make this impossible. Sentencing Silence chronicles the journey through loss of innocence, identity, and voice toward breaking the silence that holds a trophy wife, a call girl, and a factory worker captive in the traumatic pasts that thwart their dreams.


     "In this heartbreakingly beautiful book, Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt takes the reader on a gut-wrenching ride through emotional and physical devastation -- and ultimately redemption -- all of it told in gorgeous, poetic prose. A marvel of creativity."

     -- Joyce Polance, Artist and Writer 

Read more

Description


Set in 1980s Chicago, June is a young housewife determined to create the safe home she never had by replicating the dollhouse fantasies into which she escaped as a child. While denying the escalating memories of her past and patterns she is doomed to repeat, she submerges herself in domesticity while yielding to an abusive husband who methodically shatters her self-worth and dismisses her dream of writing and pursuing a college degree. After reluctantly participating with her husband and his circle of friends’ perverse sexual fantasies, the marriage turns violent and June is forced to find a way out. Embracing her anger, June reinvents herself as Reni, a call girl, who calculates how many tricks she must turn to afford college full time. She quickly finds her earnings must be utilized solely as emancipation from a desperate and dangerous existence. As if by a miracle, she finds love with a free-spirited female artist who renames her Sandy for her softness and her grit, but unable to escape her past demons, she loses herself in depression and addiction and becomes the abuser in the relationship. After a near fatal bus accident, June/Reni/Sandy must claim her memories, create a new language, and confront the traumatic childhood holding her captive to learn that her voice is the key to salvation.



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About the author


Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt studied fiction and poetry writing at Columbia College in her hometown of Chicago, and earned an MA in Transformative Language Arts and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has worked voluntarily assisting incest survivors, domestic abuse survivors, incarcerated women, homeless teen mothers, and veterans with PTSD break their silence through the healing power of the written word. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Big City Lit, 20 Pounds of Headlights, Mojave River Review, Threads, Dagda, Dead Beats, and Whiskey Island Review. She is currently working on her second novel in between walking her beloved, old English Cocker Spaniel, learning to cook like a boss, gardening, and dancing the Argentine Tango. She lives in San Jose, California. She is a survivor.

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