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Adam and Jolene's grandmother plays a very interesting role in this story. As they are growing up, Nana, as she's called, is a safe harbor for them, especially after their mother walks out on the family. What's interesting about Nana is that she doesn't protect the children from their violent father.
There are a few interesting angles to that answer. Jolene and Adam became adept at keeping their problems secret. Nana knows things aren't perfect, but she has no idea how truly hellish their life is until the night her son explodes in a fit of rage and chips Jolene's elbow and kneecap. Adam has the IQ of a 9 year-old. He's had it and spills the gruesome details of their father's abuse.
You might be thinking, "Oh, come on. How could she miss that?" It's easy if you're not looking too hard and the victims don't want you to know.
Both kids want to run away, but one attempt failed and Jolene's overriding concern is for her brother. With his mental and physical issues, she wants them to stay together. She doesn't think Nana will be strong enough to stand up to her son and do all that needs doing. At worst, Jolene and Adam fear for their lives if Nana interferes and fails.
Like most families in this situation, the sad adage, "you live what you learn," applies. In Deep Enough to Bleed, Nana is 74. Her husband physically abused their son, Steve. Although she tried numerous times to help, she failed. In those times, woman had little influence on what happened in a marriage and a family. Society turned a blind eye to situations like this as corporal punishment was a part of life. The last time she argued about what he could do to their son was when Cipriana's husband bought a gun.
Learning the full truth of what her grandchildren are enduring snaps her into action. Nana makes a commitment to the children to do whatever it takes to get them away from her son, including getting full custody. But her plans go awry.
READ Deep Enough to Bleed to find out what happens.
Deep Enough to Bleed, by Margie Church
Orphaned on the brink of adulthood, Jolene must make decisions for herself and her younger, disabled brother, Adam. Decisions as painful as the blows they suffered at their father's hands. Cutting herself is the only thing making Jolene feel something besides misery and worthlessness.
Jolene has never dated, yet quickly recognizes Brendan is a great guy. She wants a serious and intimate relationship, but is scared to trust him with the truth. Will he think she's a freak if he learns of her secret compulsion? Will hearing about the horrible events from her past make him run?