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Joseph Brisben’s New Book Leaves Readers Fully Entertained

Iowa City, IA – WEBWIRE

Laurell K. Hamilton once said that there are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Most people who have experienced being in an abusive relationship would agree to this. Such is the story of Madge Duckworth, the protagonist in “Marvin’s Garden,” a compelling fiction-drama by Joseph Brisben.
The theme and core of the story is not unfamiliar territory. Many people suffer from abusive relationships that bring about mental, physical, and life-long scars. Abuse in relationships is a theme in this sad reality of life.
In this story, Madge Duckworth embodies one who is part of an abusive relationship with the feeling of being forced or trapped into staying with her abuser. She proves to be a powerful and relatable voice as the excruciating details in this book leave a mark for readers to further explore succeeding events as they turn from page to page. She introduces herself as Marvin’s “late wife” and narrates the story in flashbacks. It’s horrifying and sad with several moments of laughter in between. There is never a dull moment in this book from beginning to end.
This is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good drama. It comes full circle with humor and grit together with a seamlessly realistic detail of a rural, small-town America. Also, there is a wild twist at the end, which leaves readers with a satisfying and entertaining experience. This is a must-have in every bookshelf. Don’t forget to grab your copy!
“Marvin’s Garden” book copies are available at
Writer: Joseph Brisben
Publisher: Book-Art Press Solutions LLC
Publication Date: November 9, 2018
ISBN-10: 1948817667
ISBN-13: 978-1948817660
Kindle: $2.99
Paperback: $4.09
Hardcover: $18.99
About the Author
Joseph Brisben was born and raised in Enid, OK. He earned a B.A. degree at the University of Chicago and an M.A. degree at Drake University both in English. He’s been a journalist for City News Bureau of Chicago and the Chicago Tribune. He worked in public relations for the University of Chicago, Drake and the University of Iowa. But he made the “Big Bucks” as a financial advisor for Securities Corporation of Iowa, Wells Fargo, and Broker Dealer Financial Services. He succeeded despite three nosedives in the stock market.
“When I retired, I wanted something else worthwhile to do. After surveying my talents that never fit in with the ‘real’ world, I decided to concentrate on writing and playing music. How crazy is that?” - Joseph Brisben

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