This House, My Enemy by Janet B. Meadows
This House, My Enemy weaves a beautiful Southern story of the love, longing, duty, sacrifice, and a mix of denial and acceptance that has long held together the fabric of Southern pride and mystic. Lea’s journey of self-discovery and survival leads her from a path of undeniable, undying, perfect, lost love with Ryan to the arms of a violent, self-loathing man, Walt, who is incapable of seeing beyond his own needs and pain. As Lea and her children with Walt, bear the brunt of his violent outbursts, they find support and friends to lean on in unexpected places giving them a sense that life can be different and hope that beyond their struggle to survive, they can create lives to challenge the cruelty Walt brings to their lives form his never-ending well of pain and rage. Meadows interweaves the issue of racism into the storyline in an undercurrent that forces re-examination of long held stereotypes. The juxtaposition of the house’s beauty and reason for existing against the harsh realities taking place inside its walls speaks not only to the epidemic of abuse and resentments in society today but to the underlying need for support, understanding and tolerance in the world as a whole.