Excerpt From "God Bless My Broken Road": My knees buckled, and I fell silent to the floor. As I looked up at these things, I could hear my daughter and my mother in the background. Their voices rose surrounding him like a whirlwind of clatter, of items being tousled. I heard his tone of disapproval screaming up at me from downstairs, demanding for me to put a stop to this. He yelled and screamed his orders, as though he still had the right, as if I still belonged to him.