rising_up_book_coverThis heartbreakingly beautiful story about surviving abuse serves as the second book of Pamela Bender’s Dennison saga, celebrating the ability of women to flourish in spite of monumental challenges.

A dramatic family saga continues, as Ron and Mimi Dennison welcome the arrival of their second daughter, Anna, along with a stream of returning GIs moving in to their fledgling Long Island neighborhood at the close of World War II. Here, on former farmland in a stone and brick house on the corner, Anna and her sister, Shirley, will enjoy an idyllic postwar childhood, surrounded by their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. But perhaps these pleasant early years will prove to have made Anna too trusting and overly naïve for what life holds in store for her.

Rising Up is a heartbreaking yet beautiful story about surviving abuse. The second book of Pamela Bender’s Dennison saga, this painstakingly detailed novel is a vibrant and true-to-life celebration of the ability of women to survive and flourish in spite of monumental challenges. As the story advances to Anna’s adult life, she finds herself married to a man, Bruce, whose violence and abuse threatens her very survival. With Bruce’s abuse raging even greater as they and their children grow older, Anna takes their daughters, Grace and Charlene, and their son, Doug, and finds refuge with her parents. After seeking both spiritual and legal counsel, Anna files for divorce, even though it means giving up the comfortable lifestyle and trappings of wealth she has come to know and expect.

As Anna’s new beginning starts to take shape, her life takes on unexpected and inspiring dimensions with her and the children making a new home that comes to include a rat, an iguana, and a pot-bellied pig named Tessie. Anna and her mother grow closer in the days that follow Ron’s succumbing to a tragic battle with cancer, but little can prepare her for the shock and pain that is about to echo through all three generations in the wake of startling revelations and long-hidden secrets becoming a shared, undeniable reality. Rich in drama, exacting with detailed information, and ultimately uplifting and triumphant, Rising Up draws together the stories of each generation as they overlap and intersect to demonstrate the empowerment associated with refusing to let hardships and endured experiences define one’s sense of being. Rising Up gives voice to a powerful anthem that rails against violence and the victimization of others as it embraces the process of freeing oneself from abuse.

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This review is from: Rising Up (Volume 2) (Paperback)
A very sensitive presentation of a very serious and heartbreaking subject. I couldn't put the book down. So many people are affected by spousal or childhood abuse. Congratulations Pamela for writing about this hidden, shameful disease that is rampant in our country.

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