Familiar abuse or an uncertain future? Which would you choose?
This is Laurel Lee Page’s dilemma when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at nineteen. Born into a broken family, guilt and shame are all she has ever known. No matter what she does or whom she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life. However, she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt.
Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960’s, Burnt Edges is a contemporary novel based on true events that prove strength can emerge in the most horrific of circumstances.
I loved the blurb/description of this book. Truth is, when I first saw Burnt Edges, the cover immediately captivated me. There’s something about this problematic barefoot girl that captured my attention. It’s like she’s all alone and the weight of the world is in her shoulders.
When I got to read the book, floodgates opened. I drowned in Laurel Lee Page’s world. The kind of abuse she received, the bruises she sustained, the emotional torture that plagued her, the sexual torment and horrific experiences – all these and more really broke my heart. Her unwanted pregnancy further reached the summit of my emotions. Everything about her world was just wicked, sick and hellish.
The topic of abuse – both physical and sexual – is a delicate subject that I sometimes want to steer away from. But Burnt Edges, surprisingly, kept me on my seat. Dana Leipold speaks to me through her words, through the characters, through the emotions. I was instantly floored by the author’s lyrical, raw and descriptive prose. I am certain, this book will greatly impact the society of today. A highly recommended book!
Dana Leipold is an author and member of the Association of Independent Authors. Her debut novel, Burnt Edges, depicts the unwavering resilience of a young woman in the face of family violence and abuse.
She has self-published two other books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World.
Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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