Domestic violence -- fiction

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

The Vera Dietz of Please Ignore Vera Dietz is smart, hard-working, and haunted by the ghost of her best friend. Well...ex-best friend if you want to know the truth.

Peyton Place

By Grace Metalious

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Peyton Place, published in 1956, has sold over 10,000,000 copies world-wide and remains one of the biggest selling novels of all time. Its sequel, Return to Peyton Place, published in 1959, was a national best-seller for many, many months. It was considered absolutely scandalous when it was published. Peyton Place stirred controversy with its explicit—for the time—depictions of sex and sins in a small New England town. Today, the once shocking novel and its sequel seem tame, and are taught in college English courses as classics of their time, well-written and honest in the evocation of the passions, jealousies, and secrets of small-town America. In 1957, it was made into an award-winning movie starring Lana Turner.

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A Door of Hope

By Neva Coyle

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Karissa Hill is a popular member of Summerwind High's pep squad who elopes with the boy of her dreams. But then she discovers that her husband has a dark side, and keeps her deeply troubled marriage a secret until graduation. As Karissa helplessly watches her friends leave for jobs and college, she struggles for her own personal identity in the face of a crisis that leaves her alone.

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Whispers

By Belva Plain

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Robert and Lynn Ferguson seem to have a perfect life. But behind the perfect appearance, things are very different. Not even their friends know the truth, although when they see Lynn’s bruises, they begin to suspect. Can Lynn find the courage to admit the truth?

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The Woman Who Walked into Doors

By Roddy Doyle

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The author of The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha, winner of the 1993 Booker Prize, tells the story of Paula Spencer, a woman approaching forty and struggling with alcoholism and a violent marriage. Paula Spencer is the sequel.

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Strange Fits of Passion

By Anita Shreve

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Although journalists Harold and Maureen English seem the have the perfect marriage, things are very different behind closed doors. When Maureen is severely beaten, she escapes to Maine with her infant daughter. But Harold follows right behind her.
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Rose Madder

By Stephen King

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Rosie Daniels flees her nightmare marriage to find refuge in a strange city, far from her brutal husband, Norman, whose relentless savagery and mad obsessions follow her to her sanctuary and drive her to transform herself to survive.
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Picture Perfect

By Jodi Picoult

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Anthropologist Cassie Barrett is swept off her feet by actor Alex Rivers when she serves as an advisor on his latest film. However, the picture-perfect Hollywood marriage is not as perfect as it seems. Alex has had a troubled life, and Cassie becomes the victim of his abuse.

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Journey

By Danielle Steel

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Maddy Hunter seems to have it all. She’s a popular TV news anchor and married to the wealthy, handsome owner of the station, Jack Hunter, who saved her from an abusive first husband. What people don’t see is that Jack is a controlling man who constantly belittles and insults Maddy.

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Dreamland

By Sarah Dessen

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After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant and dangerous.
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