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Caught In the Wake

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In the unbearably hot and sticky fall of 2007, Diane Diamante's uncontrollable temper ran away from her...and it was her mother Margaret who paid the ultimate price for her daughter's insane rage...

Caught in the Wake: A Story of Murder and Denial begins in summer, 2007, with Diane Diamante sitting in the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, mumbling and blinking next to her mother Margaret's bruised and broken comatose body. Diane ...

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Overview

In the unbearably hot and sticky fall of 2007, Diane Diamante's uncontrollable temper ran away from her...and it was her mother Margaret who paid the ultimate price for her daughter's insane rage...

Caught in the Wake: A Story of Murder and Denial begins in summer, 2007, with Diane Diamante sitting in the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, mumbling and blinking next to her mother Margaret's bruised and broken comatose body. Diane shakes her head and whispers "No, no, no." She seldom speaks, and when the doctors and nurses ask what happened, she has nothing to say. Later, the authorities will charge fifty-six year old Diane Diamante with the brutal murder of eighty-seven-year-old Margaret Diamante.

How did the family get to this point?

As their family grew, Dr. Paul and Margaret Diamante maintained the veneer of the perfect Republican-Catholic country club family. But the fa├žade cracked as the father squandered his fortune until what remained was only money sufficient for his children to fly to Michigan to witness the result of his years of mysterious spending. Margaret received only her husband's debt. Diane's dangerous relationship with her mother, of need and abuse, worsened from the time of Paul's death in 1995 to her savage beating on an August night in 2007. Hadn't her sister Marianne and brother Patrick committed Diane four times in the last ten years? Yet each time Margaret released Diane saying that she was fine.

Margaret and Paul's mantra everyone's fine was strictly fantasy, of course. When Diane jumped naked on the hood of the family car in a fit of unholy rage, her mother yelled at Patrick to "run her over!" The Diamante family home declined structurally, emotionally, and physically into a place of domestic violence after the death of the children's father. This downturn and denial proved to be lethal, and shortly after they lowered their mother's casket into the ground the Diamante children were left with anger and confusion for both the living and the dead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780578030272
  • Publisher: WayStrange Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: PATRICK DIAMANTE
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 901,286

Meet the Author

Patrick Diamante is a musician, songwriter, and author recording his experiences on the pot-holed road of life. He divides his time between his motor home, experiencing America, and babying his classic Corvette.

Michael Hager is a teacher, scholar, writer and the instigator of Caught in the Wake. He and Patrick have been friends for nearly twenty-five years. His valuable time is gladly shared between his students, family, and friends.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    Compelling Read: A personal journey of Self-discovery fraugh


    Compelling Read:
    A personal journey of Self-discovery fraught with the confrontations of family tragedy and personal loss and overcoming. A story of courage and vulnerability and the healing that comes from keeping on and staying true to oneself on the road less traveled but not forgotten.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    sad and tragic

    great book.abuse can happen to anyone,no matter how rich or poor.it took alot of courage for this book to be written.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Must Read!

    This compelling story takes one on the journey of a family's agony. This book will leave you asking questions of your own upbringing and gifts you give through parenting. What therapy it must have been to write this book? How tragic it must have been to live through? I read in an afternoon and have read again to realize that much can be done for mental illness and the enablers of our world. Great book!

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

    Check it out!!

    I enjoyed this book very much. I started and finished within a few hours. It was an easy read and truthful account of what went on behind closed doors with this well known and respected family. Makes a great book to read for a book club because it leads to some heavy disscussion afterwards. Hard to believe it was true at times, but I know it was truly a difficult book for the author to write. It is the author's true life story and gives you an in depth look into child abuse and elder abuse with a tragic ending. I highly recommend this book. Helps people to get a better understanding of mental abuse.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Compelling and Emotional Journey

    This was a very compelling and emotional journey to read about. Good writing along with an incredible story made this a book I couldn't put down. This book really shines a light on the issues of family/elder abuse and mental illness.

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