Young Susanna doesn’t know anything other than the family environment that has been created for her-a system without regard for society or man’s laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate is off-limits.
The isolation proves to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggles to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years in Susanna’s life as she comes to terms with her conditions.
This coming of age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tries anything she can to bring about the peace that seems always out of reach.
In an impulsive moment and an act of daring she contacts a newspaper journalist and finds herself in a predicament that she never before considered. That decision becomes the impetus that propels her finally to where she wants to be and to find what was always there.
Book Trailer of What Peace There May Be:
I was born to write this book. It is as if all the events of my life culminated to the moment I began writing it. From that point my life has sprung forward in directions I could never have anticipated and has brought me blessings I could only appreciate from this vantage point of my life. While it seems from the viewpoint of the past that my life was filled with heartache and tragedy from where I stand today I see it for the gift that it was. It was a moment in my life, it isn’t my life.
I needed to write the book in order to see it differently. I became different by writing it. That is not to say it wasn’t a difficult task to write the book. I traveled deep into the emotional pain of my past and turned over every rock and looked at every violation as if it were happening all over again. It was like creating an earthquake in a major metropolis. Buildings crashed, bridges collapsed and when I was finished my life was in crumbles. It was out of these crumbles that I reconstructed a new life. The life I was meant to create, just as I was meant to be the one that dismantled the old.
In the end, I lived the life I was given so that I could write about it and in some way serve the world. In writing the book, I let the rotting parts of myself die and I asked the book to carry the emotional truth that my body could no longer hold. I will write many books but this one will always be the threshold that I had to cross in order to write anything at all. It opened my mouth. It freed me.
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