The House on Sunset
By- Lindsay Fischer
Genre- Memoir/Women’s Fiction
Lindsay Fischer was once a high school English teacher with dreams stretching far outside the classroom. When her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half cheated on her, Lindsay found herself alone, looking online for a replacement. His name was Mike.
That’s where the nightmare started.
The House on Sunset is a memoir, a collection of reminiscences, scattering the ashes of two broken homes and putting them to rest. Each chapter offers a different glimpse inside the cycle of intimate partner violence, where honeymoon phases and traumas coexist.
Everyone could fall victim to abusers. This book bravely displays the reasons a quirky, twenty-something teacher would, and did.
About the Author-
Lindsay Fischer graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, English. An avid reader and learner, Lindsay took her passion for words into a classroom before starting a writing career. Life pulled her from the classroom, providing an opportunity to use her voice against domestic violence, blogging under the pseudonym, Sarafina Bianco, since 2009. You can find her words at survivorswillbeheard.com and speak directly to her when she hosts #domesticviolencechat on Twitter. Lindsay hopes to be an advocate for women, men and children who still live inside the nightmare of their abuse. She currently lives with her husband and three dogs, including Watson, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Author Site: survivorswillbeheard.com
Please share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to The House on Sunset with us:
“I Wish it Would Rain” by The Temptations
“Forgiveness” by Patty Griffin
“Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
“If it Kills Me” by Jason Mraz
“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin Jay Hawkins
“Barbie Girl” by Aqua
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
“Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer
“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
Each of these songs has a dark element to them. Some are more obviously about unhappiness, while others are upbeat (which can throw the listener).
The House on Sunset is not a story of redemption so much as it is a very realistic, dark look into domestic violence. Yes, I obviously survived it, but in writing the book I wanted to avoid an ending that showed I’d rebuilt my life to the point where I am today.
So many people have read stories of abuse survivors and dismissed the actual abuse because it’s too painful to sit with. Instead, they say things like, “But she survived so it’s okay,” or “Look how happy he is now.” While both of those statements host some truth, I believe people must sit in the discomfort to truly see how DV changes lives.
Each of the songs I selected - in some way or another - does this for me. They aren’t necessarily heart wrenching, but there are clues to the heartbreak, the struggle and defeat throughout them. This fits my memoir perfectly.