My Brother Murdered His Neighbors

My Brother Murdered His Neighbors

by V. M. Franck

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BN ID: 2940153153001
Publisher: V. M. Franck
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 36,886
File size: 506 KB

About the Author

Living on a small farm without many playmates I was provided the opportunity to develop imaginary friends. These friends and I took trips around the world in the safety of the living room--with it's old upright piano, French windows and doors and water stains on the wallpapered ceiling. It overlooked pastureland, a slough, cattails and mud flats, all excellent fodder for a writer-to-be. Directly out of high school I made a series of life choices which didn't work. I learned I have no talents whatsoever for being a waitress, a secretary, clerk or a selfish man's wife. I enrolled in college and earned a B.S.. My first marriage disintegrated. I was planning on grad school when my brother shattered my life, shooting and killing four of his neighbors. My parents were devastated. Once the trial was over I began my first book. My husband at the time was ashamed of me because of what my brother had done. When I needed him most, he pulled away. Next snafu...a man I truly loved died of cancer. I nearly walked myself into the river over that one. Instead, it triggered my first novel. On to my next new third husband and I moved to the boonies to follow our bliss. I am currently writing my eleven book. Some of my books are available through Smashwords. The genres of my works vary, but they are written with the depth of literary fiction. While following my bliss, I became a painter, thanks to art lessons by Jerry Yarnell on OPB. My art work is available for view on the website I share with my husband, one he created. A life well-lived means being true to one's dreams, regardless of what reality brings. The heart is where true success resides.

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My Brother Murdered His Neighbors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
I will give this book a 5 star I think Mrs v m franck wrote about her brothers murdered his his neighbors was a great book to read it took a lot guts to write a book about her brother Linda jean
CheyenneDeBorde More than 1 year ago
The title of author V. M. Franck’s book, Trying Not to Drown, couldn’t possibly be more appropriate. In this book, readers are given a close and personal glimpse into the real-life tragedy of mental illness, murder, and the devastation that it released on three families: the families of those murdered and the family of the murderer. Based on a true life story, readers follow the book’s main character, Violet Andre, through the tragic events that propelled her life, the lives of her family, and the lives of those murdered into a world of grief, despair, sorrow, and forgiveness. Lost in a labyrinth of emotions while searching to do the right things, the main character struggles to hold her life and the lives of her loved ones together after her own brother’s mental insanity blew a hole through them. Franck’s gift for writing gives readers a glimpse into the thoughts, feelings, and emotions surrounding herself and her family. Her ability to show their struggle to survive and not drown in the grief, the legal system that entangled them, the stigma that followed them, and the shame that gripped them is truly vivid and compelling. The writing style is so smooth and fluid, and the characters each possess unique, well-rounded traits that make them interesting to follow all on their own. There were one or two portions that were a bit slow, but that was easily overwhelmed by the poignant narrative and doesn’t subtract from the fact that I’d give it a full five stars for its impactful tone. Reading this book will encourage others to keep on treading and learn to build new dreams. The author’s account of her 36-year-long struggle shows readers her own personal growth, understanding, and resolution to live in spite of those forces which might otherwise have drowned her.