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    New Author Grabs Headlines and Sales Surge With Life Story

    Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Any fool can make history, but it takes a great man to write it" -- or a great woman, he should have added.

    Nevertheless, female authors are surging in popularity this holiday season and releasing some outstanding new releases at bookstores, including stories of triumph over turmoil in the greatest sense.
    Case in point, up and coming author, Kristen Strong. In her debut novel, "Painful Truth," Strong tells the brutal story of her horrific childhood, filled with emotional and physical abuse.
    The tale of torture has book clubs and readers buzzing about a life that one might expect to end with addiction or suicide. But, not so for Kristen Strong, as she not only bravely confesses the mental and physical agony that remained confined to a old, red brick farmhouse in the Midwest. That is, until Strong faced her demons and chose to publish her life story, as an example for parents about the damage their actions or lack there of can cause.

    She goes beyond they typical dictation of abusive events to focus on the way she used the venomous childhood relationships to instill a burning desire for good and success.

    The blonde-haired girl is portrayed throughout her childhood as a scared, emotionally beaten down, ordinary child who is out of her depth in a very non-ordinary and hellish world.

    What seems to be drawing readers to Strong's book is her ability to have overcome so many challenges and transformed into a very successful, intelligent woman who is now married and raising a son of her own.

    One reader, Evelyn Summit, summarized the book by posting this review, "This is the struggle of that young woman and finally getting away from it and finding a loving husband, and realizing that she did not have to worry that she would not be a good parent. Why do so many parents blame the victim because they can't accept that they not only did not protect their children, but were actually part of the problem. I don't necessarily think you will be happy with the outcome of this book. But not because the victim did not try. It is what it is. You can stop that cycle."

    Strong says stopping the cycle and making parents more aware of their actions were the goals of publishing "Painful Truth".
    In should be noted, the memories described in Strong's book are often horrifically detailed, leaving readers with a sense of disturbing anxiety and grief.
    In fact, once a reader completes this short read, they will no doubt hug their children and family tighter and tell them just how much they are loved.

    You can find the book at

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