Tin Can

The Slitting Edge

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
232 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2013
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Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite

Domestic violence has been a horrible way of life for too many women, for too many years. In Tin Can: The Slitting Edge by Jerlean M. Noble, the cycle of abuse is studied closely. Ms. Noble tells the story of Sharon and James, a young couple earmarked by drugs and horrific violence. It was neither a fun nor an easy read, but I got a hard, realistic look into domestic violence, and the things that go along with it: the shame, the fear, the degradation, and the utter hopelessness as the violence returns again and again and again. Sharon could do no right in her husband’s eyes, and as such, she suffered intense humiliation as other people witnessed what was going on in her life but made little effort to save her.

Tin Can: The Slitting Edge by Jerlean M. Noble is an incredibly powerful book. I wanted to put it down and walk away from it several times because it was so painful to read, but I wouldn’t let myself. I felt that I have to be aware of the signs of abuse so that if there’s a chance to help someone at some time, I can do so. The visual images this book created were not pleasant. I know that this book, and especially Sharon, will stay with me for a very long time. Kudos to Ms. Noble for tackling the difficult issue of domestic violence head on, and for pulling no punches.