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Beloved author Sheila Williams beautifully captures the bittersweet humor and vivid adventures of women who survive the worst life can toss at them—and fight back to claim their right to be free, to be themselves, and to live in . . . The courage to change doesn’t come easy. When Opal Sullivan walks out on an abusive husband after fifteen years, she has only her dreams inBeloved author Sheila Williams beautifully captures the bittersweet humor and vivid adventures of women who survive the worst life can toss at them—and fight back to claim their right to be free, to be themselves, and to live in . . . The courage to change doesn’t come easy. When Opal Sullivan walks out on an abusive husband after fifteen years, she has only her dreams in her pocket. Her new beginning starts in Appalachian River country, where she sees a bit of herself in a graceful but dilapidated house. Like Opal, the house is worn-out and somewhat beaten up, but it still stands proudly and deserves a second chance.So Opal opens her doors—and her heart—to a parade of unforgettable characters. There’s sassy Bette Smith with her cantaloupe-colored hair and four-inch heels; short-tempered Gloria and her devilish son, Troy; the mysterious Dana, who dresses in black and keeps exclusively nocturnal hours; a dog named “Bear” who is afraid of his own shadow; and Jack, who doesn’t mind hanging out with an OBBWA (old black broad with an attitude). It is Jack who helps Opal understand a funny thing about life: You can’t move forward if you keep looking back. . . ....

Title : The Shade of My Own Tree
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ISBN : 9780345465177
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Shade of My Own Tree Reviews

  • Trudy
    2019-03-18 19:25

    Story about an abused woman who leaves her abuser and establishes a home for other abused women. The biggest lesson for me was realizing the absuer will always be a constant underlying threat to the victim's life, regardless of seperation, divorce or restraining orders. A quote from the book: "The condition (abuser) will always be there and you take your pill, but you cannot limit your dreams because of it." When victims of abuse attempt to live their lives, inspite of this "condition", they are "sitting under the shade of their own tree." Thought provoking story.

  • Jenetta
    2019-03-09 18:16

    When a woman is in a situation where there is no hope (it seems) and finds the courage to step out on faith to do something about it, that is powerful. The Shade of My Own Tree, is a tribute to women who have been pushed down, broken and discarded. It sings a song of hope, pain, courage and survival. I am glad that the Mrs. Williams did not make it easy for the the main character. She really experienced the trapping of turning back and falling into the fear but the hope that was burning in her soul kept her moving in the face of fear. Awe inspiring. A great read!

  • Dean
    2019-03-02 19:40

    Great book about aabused woman and her recovery. Very accurate.

  • Karrie
    2019-03-21 22:18

    Good book about an abused woman's journey to recovery.

  • Cheryl Durham
    2019-03-19 23:39

    The Shade of My Own Tree is a breathtaking piece of work. It is centered on a very difficult subject....domestic violence. It's mainly told through the life of Opal Sullivan. The book acquaints the reader with the manner in which Opal meets her husband, the isolation and separation from her family, the domineering disposition of the spouse, the beating, lovemaking afterwards and the covering up of bruises. Then, after being beaten one too many times, burned with cigarettes and the possibility of her vision being seriously compromised, Opal musters up the courage to leave. It is evident that she did substantial research on the topic. She was able to illustrate what I, as a Social Worker and Counselor know to be true, for many, it takes years to get the courage to leave. There were no stigmas or stereotypes portrayed. The author wonderfully showcased the manner in which the Safe House operates. The other ladies, be them workers or ladies in need of transitional services, reflected society. Young or old...childless or providers intervene at your point of nee. And, too, Sheila Williama, labored to make the reader know once making a decision to leave then the hard part comes: surviving. Surviving is done by having a supportive network. Opal was able to find her voice and she would help others to find theirs. Even after the divorce was final and a restraining order was still in place...Ted, the ex husband, still thought he had leverage. Little did he know that Opal was committed to finding what he had attempted to rid her of: her own identity.Note: I love the fact that the author, in ever book, paints women as being resilient creatures. Kudos for another job well done.

  • Laura
    2019-03-02 16:39

    The Shade of My Own Tree by Sheila Williams tells the story of Opal. She went to college with hopes of an artistic career and travel like many young women. While there she fell in love with Ted. Unfortunately for her, Ted's true colors came to light after their marriage, and the "overly protective" boyfriend turned into a controlling, mean, abusive husband. Her tale is unfortunately not an un-common one. Many women (like myself) have either been abused personally or know someone who has, and many nurses (like myself) struggle to identify and treat abuse when the woman is not forthcoming with the honest details surrounding her injuries (often due to fear of reprisal).For all these reasons, Williams tells an important story, but the way she tells it is even more important. Opal sees herself in the mirror one evening...and she realizes that she can't continue to live with the woman she has become. So she escapes, and not only does she escape, but through the help of her friends she learns to become assertive. She recovers the parts of herself that she buried over the years, she finds the courage to try new things, and she begins to help other women trapped in situations like she was. "Throw-away women" she calls them. But Opal shows us that she can be strong in her own right, she can make it on her own, and perhaps even learn to love a healthy way this time.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-18 21:29

    This audio book was performed by Patricia R. Floyd. She did a good job of presenting each character in different voices. Opal is the main character, who has been abused by her husband for many years. She finally gets the courage to leave her husband, and takes her daughter with her. She buys an old large yellow house to fix up, and rents rooms to help other women in need. Her daughter goes off to college, and comes home to a mother she doesn't know. Her mother had surpressed herself all through her marriage. Opal blossoms after she frees herself from her husband. The husband has always treated his daughter well. She went out with him when she came home from school, and she learns some of the bad things about him, as he questions her about her mother.

  • Anino
    2019-03-10 16:43

    Recently, I had the pleasure of reading this awesome book on a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I was thoroughly impressed.Without being too descriptive, the best thing that I can say about this book is that it was pitch perfect; because not only was it captivating, but it was also chock full of dry wit, drama, and well developed characters that were touchable, to say the least.Just like Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, and other great African American writers, this author definitely has the goods..Giving this one: 5 awesome stars.

  • Angela
    2019-03-22 17:19

    I loved it. I loved each of the characters, especially Opal and Bette. This is my second Sheila Williams book. I like the character development and her writing style. This is a quick and easy read. The book was written for people like me, middle-aged who need to escape what they are going through. Finding the courage to put yourself first, is the hardest thing a woman (especially mothers) has to do. Most of us don't. This book reminds us to do that. Your family will benefit, especially the girls.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-20 16:21

    An excellent portrayal of a middle aged African American woman who escapes an abusive marriage. The story explores her process of escaping and overcoming low self esteem - In reaching out to others, Opal saves herself..and created a new beginning. The author is from Columbus, Ohio and is an Ohio Wesleyan grad.

  • Amy
    2019-03-14 16:44

    Novel set in Louisville. The author lives in Newport, KY. Saw her interviewed on KET. Nothing phenomenal, but I enjoyed this as a nice little slice of Southern Lit. Good story line with lots of interesting characters.

  • Bj Hoover
    2019-02-26 20:25

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Sheila Williams, and intend to read more of her stories. I love her goal of writing about women who survive bad times and have the courage to fight back and reclaim their lives. I like the line "You can't move forward if you keep looking back"

  • Heather
    2019-02-27 15:18

    This was a good book, I like dv. Could have been a little more dv and less S&M.... Hahaha.

  • Breeze Watson
    2019-02-27 19:29

    What an empowered woman. This would make a great chick flick. Excellent beach or vacation read. :)

  • Nicole
    2019-03-01 15:38

    I really enjoyed this book. Tough subject on abuse, but good mixture of laughter and drama to not be difficult. Awesome read!

  • Kimeko Farrar
    2019-03-26 17:19

    The Shade of My Own Tree was the first book I read by Shelia Williams and it's one of my favs. Love the plot and the way it dealt with love self-esteem and domestic violence.

  • Smc
    2019-03-22 21:46

    The cast of eccentric, but very real characters make this a great read.