The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Susan Hoffman, author of It Won’t Happen Again, a story about how home becomes a dangerous place when a monster moves in. Join us to learn more about the domestic violence experienced by mother and daughter as told through the eyes of the stepdaughter.
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It Won’t Happen Again sheds light on the far too common subject of single moms choosing to place their own needs before their children’s.
It has been said that one of the most dangerous places for a child to live is in a home with a non-biological male. It’s a statistical fact that parents are more likely to abuse their stepchildren than they are their biological children—a phenomenon commonly referred to as the Cinderella effect in evolutionary psychology.
In spite of the warnings, Marjorie Van Ness chose to marry the one man that everyone hated. Stefanie’s new step-father wasted no time in showing her who was boss. Meanwhile, her mother did nothing to protect her from the physical and emotional abuse that he inflicted upon her child.
The story illustrates both the mistreatment of and ambivalence toward a stepchild, as well as the lasting impact that witnessing spousal abuse can have on a child.
Susan Hoffman is a freelance journalist/photographer. She is the author of Grand Wishes and A Precious Bond and is an advocate for children’s rights. She lives in Newport Beach California.
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