Can Margery Arturo make it on her own after leaving her husband, Tony? With a teen-age daughter, Lola, she escapes while her husband is on a business trip. She gets a job at a battered women's shelter as a counselor. How does she succeed? And how does she react when he returns and finds she is gone? And how does she react when he refuses to pay her child support and monies he owes in their divorce settlement? Margery soon learns that leaving a violent husband has more risks than possibly getting beaten up more or killed after she departs.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
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It is not easy to write a novel about domestic abuse; in fact, it may be one of the hardest topics to write about. Imagine juggling an author’s desire for a happy ending with the all too common tragedy that befalls women in this situation. The author wants the victim to be a victor without seeming like a parody of a superhero. Belinda Tors skillfully achieves that balance in her novel, Letting Go. The story shifts back and forth in time, from when Margery Arturo is desperate to leave her violent husband but cannot see a way out, to when she is counseling other abused women. Her first attempts to leave Tony ended in failure, after Margery realized that she would get no help from her parents or from the shelter system she once contributed to. She returns home, but this time she has an escape plan that includes getting therapy and an education to increase her earning potential. However, when she puts that plan into action, she learns it is only the beginning of her struggle. Like so many other abusive husbands, Tony is not going to let her--or his children--go so easily. Domestic violence is an epidemic often discussed by journalists, law enforcement and politicians, but Letting Go tackles it in a very unique way. Tors tells the story of what happens after a woman leaves-- and the very real problems she faces, even beyond being stalked by the abuser. It explores not only the lack of funding for domestic shelters, but the divide between abused women of different socioeconomic groups and how any one of them can slip through the cracks. Compelling, raw and brutally honest, the power of Letting Go lies in Tors’ ability to convey realism, strength, and best of all, hope.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Belinda Tors’ novel, Letting Go, is the story of Margery Arturo, a mother of two who has an abusive relationship with her husband. After twenty years, she finally finds the courage to leave him and start a new life. Paradoxically, she finds a job as a counselor at a women's shelter. Settling into an apartment with her daughter Lola, Margery starts to pick up the pieces of her life. But she has to tie the many loose ends of her broken marriage and at the same time find her own happiness and fulfillment. Margery meets Fred, a divorcee, and she starts to love again. She is also confronted with the trouble in her sister’s marriage and the task of raising two children who are fast growing up. Like many women who go through an abusive relationship, Margery struggles to put her life in order. Can she risk going into a relationship again? Letting Go gives us a picture of a woman who finds herself trapped in an abusive marriage. Author Belinda Tors chronicles the life of Margery Arturo as she suffers for twenty years in an abusive relationship. Financially dependent on her husband, and having two growing children, it takes a lot of courage for Margery to finally free herself from the relationship. Fortunately, she finds the courage to stand on her own. What sends a chill down my spine is that there are a lot of women out there who continue to suffer in their relationships. The most important lesson from this book is for women not to be scared to break out of an abusive relationship. After she left her husband, Margery’s journey is not very easy, but things eventually look up. And the most important thing is that in the end, she learns to stand on her own and course her own destiny.