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Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Maryellen Hess I used to manage an agency helping people move from welfare to work. One day a woman came in with a major bruise on her face. She confided that her boyfriend hit her. She then told me she had "deserved" it. That turned me cold. I knew there was a story to tell about the psychological bond of domestic violence.

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