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Dragonslippers: This Is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like (06 Edition)by Rosalind B. Penfold
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Rosalind B. Penfold is an appealing, successful thirty-five-year-old businesswoman running her own company when her parents, worried that she works too hard, invite her to a country picnic-party one weekend. There she meets widower Brian and is swept off her feet. Romantic and exuberant, with four loving children, Brian seems like everything a woman could possibly want, and Roz falls deeply in love. But soon Roz begins to notice troubling signs that Brian is not what he seems. A pattern of lies and petty cruelties begins to emerge that, over the course of their decade together, comes to encompass a litany of physical, mental, and sexual abuse appalling in its scope and malevolence. Often too traumatized and ashamed to admit the true extent of what she is experiencing, Roz instead pours her anguish into a series of graphic diaries that provide a touching, profoundly shocking, and completely original portrait of domestic abuse.
An extraordinary visual testimony, Dragonslippers presents the many warning signs of abuse and offers a frank examination of the psychology of both abusers and victims. Above all, this is the story of a woman who fights for and finds the strength to break free.
"In this deft, honest work, writer-illustrator Penfold documents how she traveled from successful businesswoman to abused wife and back again. With a simple, naïve drawing style and matter-of-fact tone, Penfold illustrates just how a confident person can be seduced and dominated by another. Her story starts when she meets Brian at a party and he sweeps her off her feet. A widower, he's ready for a full-time woman in his life, and Roz rapidly becomes absorbed into his sphere, sharing outings and devoting her weekends to his four children. But warning bells start ringing even before they leave for their whirlwind wedding in Greece, and his Jekyll and Hyde routine begins almost immediately after. Penfold, a well-adjusted and compassionate woman, is at first confused by his behavior and reluctant to write off her husband as an abusive, possibly schizophrenic, probable alcoholic. She questions herself, and tries harder, sticking around because she feels deeply responsible for his children, even as his behavior becomes ever more erratic and horrifying. Penfold's simplistic art and direct style are nothing fancy, but they still enable her to tell a compelling story — readers will be relieved by the strength she shows to leave this doomed relationship." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A remarkable and utterly compulsive graphic memoir that chronicles the deterioration of [Roz Penfold's] seemingly perfect relationship, with a widower and father of four, into violence and abuse." The Bookseller (UK)
"A wonderful book, which really gets over the terrific nightmare that women victims of domestic violence discover." Cherie Blair, wife of Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
"Vividly evokes the gradual journey of so many women from independence to subjugation in an abusive relationship and does more to convey the effects of domestic violence than a dozen worthy textbooks." Meera Syal, author of Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee
"This wonderful, heartbreaking book is a contemporary classic. A must read for its art, its wit, and its insights into the ways women are duped into betraying themselves for love." Susan Swan, author of What Casanova Told Me
"Without a doubt, Dragonslippers will inspire anyone who must face the realities of an abusive relationship....This book will touch the minds and hearts of millions." Patricia Evans, author of The Verbally Abusive Relationship
"A mesmerizing tale of how an independent, intelligent woman can get trapped in a relationship with an abusive male....Dragonslippers pulled me into the vortex of Rosalind Penfold's experience and didn't let go. Why didn't someone think of telling this all-too-common story through a graphic novel before?" Judy Rebick, author of Ten Thousand Roses
"Dragonslippers brings new meaning to a picture being worth a thousand words. Rosalind Penfold has brought to the pages of this remarkable book graphic evidence that speaks louder than all the petitions and statistics surrounding abusive relationships. The warning signals she depicts are the litmus test for every relationship. Her story is painfully clear, horribly true, and thankfully triumphant." Sally Armstrong, author of Veiled Threat
"Rosalind Penfold's words and images strike like an arrow deep into the poisoned heart of spousal abuse. Her visual shorthand — raw with flashes of brilliance — portray the relentless betrayals that destroy the victim without also annihilating the reader. Authentic and courageous." Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father's House
Book News Annotation:
First came the honeymoon period, then came the lies, the increasing control, the cruelty to pets, the emotional and physical violation of children, and, throughout, the constant assault on the body and soul of a woman who existed in an abuser's life only to be a target. Penfold wrote and drew this graphic diary in real time across ten years of ever-increasing horror. Although her personal circumstances may be different than many abused women, her questions about her abuser and herself are echoes of many others who have wondered why she remained involved with someone whose chief goal in life was obviously to reduce her to nothing. Although directed toward women in abusive relationships or recovering from them, professionals may also find this useful to exorcise stereotypes and develop practical support for individual situations. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An extraordinary visual testimony, Dragonslippers presents the many warning signs of abuse and offers a frank examination of the psychology of both abusers and victims.
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