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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593090218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593090210
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of AfterburnThe Heat SeekersDear G-SpotGettin’ Buck WildThe Hot BoxTotal Eclipse of the HeartNervousSkyscraperLove is Never PainlessShame on It All, and The Sisters of APF; the ebook short stories I’ll be Home for Christmas and Everything Fades Away; and editor for the Flava anthology series, including Z-Rated and Busy Bodies. Her TV series, Zane’s Sex Chronicles, and The Jump Off are featured on Cinemax, and her bestselling novel Addicted is a major motion picture with Lionsgate Films. She is the publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family. Visit her online at EroticaNoir.com.

More About the Author

Zane is the author of Addicted, The Sex Chronicles, Gettin' Buck Wild, The Heat Seekers, The Sisters of APF, Shame on It All, Nervous, Skyscraper, Afterburn, and Love Is Never Painless and is also the editor of Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava. She is the publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her family. Visit her website at www.eroticanoir.com.

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These three stories were written in such a way they were very compelling.
K. Kimbrough
Shonda Cheekes' story focused on a male victim of domestic violence and in it she highlights the stigma and shame that are unique to men.
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As someone else has said I'm glad everyone else liked this book but I hate it so far.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By K. Kimbrough on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Breaking the Cycle is an anthology that introduces some and reminds others of the darker side of life; domestic abuse.

In this anthology there are eight stories that give a different spin on the subject of abuse. In the title story, penned by Zane, a young girl persuades her mother to leave an abusive man but things don't go as planned; J.L Woodson's "God Answers Prayer" deals with a young boy fighting for his life in the hospital after being placed there by a parent, and the recognition of abused men by Shonda Cheekes in "Silent Suffering" was a much needed perspective. However,out of the eight,there were three stories that had a greater impact on this reader. "The Grindstone" by Nane Quartay, in which a young boy witnesses a particularly gruesome murder and has no idea of how it will affect his life, "The Break of Dawn" by Collen Dixon which has an unforeseen twist that gave this reader pause and "The Stranger" by Tracy Thompson-Price who gives us a total new look at a victim's breaking point. These three stories were written in such a way they were very compelling.

Zane has done an outstanding job choosing these powerful stories to show this subject matter from different perspectives. Some stories were tame in descriptions but heavy on internal struggle of the victims and others were written so vividly that you could feel the blows of the abuse. Also the inclusion of domestic abuse resources in all fifty states gives a person an idea of where to start if they could in any way relate to these stories.

Although this is not a book that you can sit and devour in one sitting (because of the subject matter) it is indeed a powerful read.

Kotanya

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ebony EyeCU Reading on April 22, 2005
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Zane out did herself with this one! I applaud these very talented authors for educating us on the underlyings of physical, emotional, mental draining abuse. "The Break of Dawn" & "Silent Suffering" will forever be etched in my mind as their deliverance was the most powerful for me. This is not to say the other authors didn't do a fantastic job. Although, I couldn't quite wrap my mind around to complete the story where and what D. V. Bernard was getting at with "The Lonely Echoes of My Youth". To sum it up, we need to commit to BREAKING THE CYCLE! Whether you see this pattern in yourself, a friend or love one, take initiative and present them/yourself with this book that offers many resources (THANK YOU ZANE)and in depth insight as to WHO, WHY AND WHAT STEPS CAN BE TAKING TO REGAIN A FULFILLING, PURPOSEFUL LIFE.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bookpages on April 8, 2005
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Zane has explored a different genre for her writing by using the topic of domestically abused children and spouses (both male and female). The book is a collection of stories that enlightens readers to the tragedies, persecutions and dilemnas that are produced from family abuse. As far as voices of the abused victims, no stone was left unturned. It was nice to have a change from Zane. A plus: Zane lists a Domestic Violence Directory for victims to seek refuge and escape the threatening environment in the back of her book. The book was well thought out and put together.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on April 8, 2005
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BREAKING THE CYCLE is a compelling collection of shorts stories about the subject of domestic violence. Zane, the editor of the collection, has gathered a diverse group of contributing authors who each brought something unique to their offering. The book discusses different types of abuse, from physical to emotional, verbal to sexual, but has a special emphasis on the impact of domestic violence on children.

I honestly enjoyed every story in this collection; however, some are particularly noteworthy. Young author, J.L. Woodson's story captured the voice of his 12 year-old protagonist with such simple honesty that I couldn't help but empathize. Woodson also laced a bit of fantasy into the tale which made the story unique and a pleasure to read in spite of the dark subject matter. Nane Quartay's contribution was another that was told from a child's point of view. His vivid characterizations made me feel like I was right on the block watching the story unfold. Shonda Cheekes' story focused on a male victim of domestic violence and in it she highlights the stigma and shame that are unique to men. Zane and Tracy Price-Thompson's stories featured characters who have simply had enough. While I didn't mention the other authors by name, trust me when I say each story is unique, well-written, and will make you think.

Reading BREAKING THE CYCLE made me appreciate the choices I made in choosing a mate. However, for those who may be in an abusive relationship, it provides useful information and will remind victims that they are not alone. In addition, this is a wonderful book for young adults, who lack experience when it comes to relationships. It provides realistic examples of how a seemingly good relationship can take a dramatic turn for the worse.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allison Hobbs on July 12, 2005
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Breaking The Cycle, edited by Zane, is a collection of eight stories that deal with the topic of domestic violence. The distinctive voice of each of the contributing authors provides a different twist to this troubling subject. Zane starts the anthology with a story of a teenage girl who is determined to break the cycle despite her mother's reluctance.

I was fascinated by the writing style of J.L. Woodson who wrote, God Does Answer Prayers from the perspective of a young boy who is an accidental victim of domestic violence. The young protagonist tells the story while hovering between life and death in a hospital room.

The Break of Dawn by Coleen Dixon had a surprise ending that left me stunned.

Shonda Cheekes boldly reveals an aspect of domestic violence that many people are unaware of.

The horror of abuse depicted in The Stranger by Tracy Price-Thompson just kept escalating.

Each author is to be commended for not only exposing the many facets of domestic violence but for also offering a solution to break the cycle.

The resources found at the end of the book is an invaluable tool for anyone seeking help.

Kudos to Zane for taking the chance to step outside the erotica genre to shed some light on this serious issue.
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