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Book details
  • SubGenre:Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse
  • Age Range (years):13 and up
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200
  • eBook ISBN:9781483561165

Addicted to Love

by Kathleen Murray

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This debut novel focuses on the issues of a dysfunctional, abusive family during the 1970s and the after effects of this on one of the children. Child protections were nearly non-existent during this period and our understanding of the long term effects chronic childhood trauma limited. Without being overly shocking, this novel brilliantly represents the time period in which there was no accountability for adult abusers and virtually no help for the child victims who were forced to live lives of desperation. It realistically portrays the complex relationship of the child and their abuser as well as the long term psychological scars of damaged affect, co-dependency, and dissociation. It is a must read.

Debut author Kathleen Murray delivers a compelling, realistic portrait of the confusion and pain generated by an imbedded family system of dysfunction thriving during an American period of upheaval, the 1970s. Filled with rich characters and memorable references to a bygone era, the story is presented from the perspective of the central character Sally Smithfield, who lives in perceived safety of Chicago’s North Shore. Fighting to survive the after-effects of childhood trauma, Sally Smithfield attempts to escape her closed-off world in the arms of her high school’s football star with disastrous results. The reader first meets the protagonist as a young child struggling to reconcile her Catholic grade school’s teachings of God’s love and forgiveness to the daily turbulence of her home. Sally’s unplanned pregnancy shatters her world even as it divides those she loves; eventually changing all their lives forever. The birth of the baby ignites a cascade of events which culminates in the violent death of her boyfriend. Following the conviction of her father for the murder, Sally and her mother flee across the county to build a new life. But their refuge is shattered by the mother’s collapse and the revelation of a final family secret. Sally realizes that she can never truly escape her past. This engaging story of courage and determination follows Sally’s travels from the familiar Chicago northern suburbs across the US to St. Louis, MO and later to Scottsdale, AZ. Thoughtfully written and emotionally complex, Addicted to Love is an intensely moving account concerning family secrets, love, and loss. It appeals to readers who seek a gripping story of forgiveness and redemption.
About the author

Raised in the Chicago North Shore suburbs, Kathleen has always been a communicator. As a twin, she was most likely communicating well before birth. She grew up around a cast of characters and became intrigued with learning about what makes us all do the wacky things we do as nearly the youngest member of a large family. A career in business and marketing taught her the power of prose in allowing her to focus in on a singular product and marketing definition or in the development of a complex promotional concept. Today Kathleen continues as an avid pupil of people, their stories, and the various ways they express themselves. She is proud to call Arizona home and is married to a wonderful husband and has two adult children.

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