THE GIRLS ARE BACK!
One family's struggle and survival of child sexual abuse.
Determined to understand family secrets that successfully concealed the issue of a serial child molester for more than ffty years, an aging woman seeks out the Shaman, OwlSnake, who bridges her personal journey by encouraging her to "Remember to Re-Member" her ancestors with an open heart. "Remember" refers to memories while "to re-member" represents the fragmented pieces that splinter off from our spirits when we are traumatized. When re-membering, we reconnect the fragmentation into a healthy whole again as though returning puzzle pieces to their correct place. Through both remembering processes, readers are clearly aware of the author's complex storytelling along with the authentic and poetic voices of her five cousins who contribute greatly to THE GIRLS ARE BACK! Ms. Brenneis states, "I know the Memoir will not stop young girls and boys from being kidnapped as sexual slaves, but it may help our youth to see and stop any dysfunctional family's crazy-making that leads some into egregious, crisis situations that can be life threatening."
“...it is gutsy of Donna to draw back the curtain and search through rooms of darkness that belong to others, dead or alive, including her own dark rooms within....One has to wonder about family dynamics that held so many victims in its clutches of unspoken agreement...The message is healing: relationally, physically, psychically, and spiritually.” Laurie Kandel, Contributor
Moses L. Easley, III, MA Consulting Psychology; Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counsellor, San Francisco, California; Past Director of Substance Abuse at Nantucket Behavioral Health Services, Nantucket, Massachusetts, writes, "What an amazing story you have woven from your family: the historical perspective, the psychologial and social brings the reader into a den that makes me feel as do the poetic voices of your cousins whose writing comes through from the heart and soul."
"I LOVE it...a precious oeuvre... I'm enraptured." Byron Johnson, IT Consultant
Social worker Nancy Frappier, with the Homeless Prenatal Project in San Francisco, states: the book is "...[a] solid...contribution to the world!" while a spiritual reviewer in Durban, South Africa indicates the book is not what she "...expected, but more."