|Posted by Monica M. Brinkman on May 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM|
Thirty-four year old Charlene Wilson has just found out she is dying. Not knowing how many days she has left, she is determined to live the remainder of her life in peace. She leaves her abusive husband and enters Zaire’s Place, a safe-haven for battered women.
Aisha Carter (better known as A.C. in her youth) is anything but cool. She has always had a chip on her shoulder. The center of every conflict at Zaire’s Place, her bitter attitude poisons the women she comes in contact with. Determined to make her enemies’ lives hell, she plots and plans their demise.
A white woman raised in a prejudiced home, Rebecca Reich has issues with black people. When she comes to Zaire’s Place to escape her abusive husband, she feels like a fish out of water at a predominantly African-American shelter. While trying to navigate the pitfalls of living in a shelter full of women, she has to come to terms with the way she was raised.
Zaire’s Place explores the relationships among these women as their lives converge at a domestic violence shelter in Baltimore, Maryland. Will they leave their abusers for good? Can they do the required work on the inside that will prepare them for escaping the vicious cycle of abuse or coming to terms with death? Will they learn to live together in peace?
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