Narrative Memoir: Trauma Tragedy and Triumph 260 pages 71,152 words
Out of the Maelstrom is a stand-alone narrative memoir that can be read as part of The Torn From the Inside Out trilogy, or separately. Out of the Maelstrom is narrated by Sara Niles as a collection of short stories , philosophical insights and world views that create a global view of human suffering and provide an inspirational mirror that reflects the “power of the human spirit under fire”
Sara Niles survived extreme abuse and fled with her five children in 1987; over a decade later, Sara became a counselor and trainer for a domestic violence agency in a small town. It was during the ten years Sara was employed as a domestic violence professional that she was exposed to the worst of the worst , and the best of the best , those who were defeated and hardened by life and those who were empowered by trauma and tragedy and who not only survived, by triumphed.
Excerpts and Quotes
“When the storms of life are worse than the storms of nature, those who survive rise out of the maelstrom”
“The pages of my books are the parchment upon which I wrote using the ‘ink’ of my life: the blood, sweat and tears that represent the long struggle of the ‘journey’, the life trip that began long ago with the hungry little girl who ‘sat in the sand’ waiting to be saved by ‘an ancient old man’. The story of child abuse, salvation, domestic violence and escape as told in Torn From the Inside Out, continued with the endearing and heart wrenching story of the children of Torn From the Inside Out in The Journey, as they struggled with the issues of their own survival and redemption.
Out of the Maelstrom Out of the Maelstrom contains stories about real people: stories of trauma and triumph, and extremes of what life has to offer, from the kindness that defines the best of human nature to the cruelty that defines the worst. Many of the stories contain paradoxical dilemmas of social significance that have arisen out of our culture and stand as a testament to the broken parts of society that affect the marginalized and the forgotten members, the ones most in need of help. The scope of Out of the Maelstrom broadly sweeps in the worldview as part of the context of everyday human life, since no man exists on an island.
Excerpts from Chapter One
“He was dead, alright. The sight of death is an ugly and fearsome thing, I thought, as I absorbed the tragic sight in front of me. It was a man, ‘The man’, who was lying in the road with blackish–red blood pooled around his head, and as he lay face down with his feet in his own yard, while his head and shoulders were planted in the street, he gave the appearance of a killed animal felled in its tracks by a hunter.”
“I applied to work for this agency because I felt that I belonged there, because it was where my heart was. I wanted to help people who had hurt like I hurt and felt trapped like I had. I wanted to empower those who felt they were powerless and give courage to the broken hearted. My comrades in this mission were all there with me, we all wanted the same things for similar reasons and we would share a rich and grand experience working together, an adventure that needed telling, a soulful potion that needs sharing in the journey of this new life” “She said her name was Evelyn, the name sounded soft and genteel, but the lady was not”
“Oh…You will just have to come see for yourself-I’d get over here if I were you -and hurry!” she said with a little nervous laugh” (Sandy the Shelter Manager)
Table of Contents (samples)
Chapter 1…..Homicide in the Street…11 Chapter 2…..A Place of Safety in a Time of Danger…Chapter 3…..A Special Brand of People ….Norman Rockwell & The Lady From Harvard… Chapter ….Wolves-Within ………..Chapter 28…..A Visit: Back to My Past… Chapter 29…..