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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Thomas L. Marshall - Rough

Rough by Thomas Marshall
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas L Marshall (May 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615792243
ISBN-13: 978-0615792248
Amazon: Rough
Amazon Kindle: Rough

The child's earliest memories were of caring grandparents and the aromas of home cooking. He was a clear-eyed, open-faced kid, trusting as an unbroken colt. Then, at four years he was abruptly thrust into a horror film noir with strangers—a mother he didn’t know, her great brooding ominous bear of a husband, and two other children—a household in the dusty little one-stoplight town of Desert Prairie, where perpetual upheaval replaced the certainty and peace of his grandparent’s sheltering arms. Emotional abandonment, screaming adults, and soon, physical violence become the norm and make of childhood a nightmare that seems as though it will never end, unless in death. He carried the wounds and anguish of home into high school, college and then service in the Army during the Vietnam War. PTSD, severe depression and low self-esteem complicated coming to terms with an alternative sexuality he did not want, and amplified the pain of loss during the early years of the AIDS Crisis. For decades he struggled to survive while siblings and friends married, had children and accumulated wealth. This rugged 60 year journey of struggle, lost love, and recovery eventually leads to a life healed by grace, career, family and faith. Rough is a life journey, it is A Child Called It brought to completion and a book length It Get's Better, in one.

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