Her Brave Journey
Publisher: Koehler Books
During her almost-final moments when Kiara is pinned down by a man who claims to love her, fighting to breathe, her life at the mercy of her husband, she repeatedly begs him, "Please don't kill me. My parents need me."
Her Brave Journey tells the story of a South Asian woman named Kiara who is a survivor of adversities, including domestic abuse.
Even in today's #MeToo era, with women and men sharing their stories of assault and abuse, the topic of domestic abuse is still obscured, especially in the South Asian community. Kiara, a member of that community, seeks the strength to challenge patriarchy as she begins to recognize the pretenses of the "white picket fence" dream, where marriage and children are the only measure of happiness and prosperity, and dares to defy it. The story shows the ups and downs of Kiara's journey from her childhood to mid-forties. Her journey begins when she immigrates from India to the United States as a child in the 1980s. Eventually, she finds her independence and gets married, but finds herself psychologically trapped in an abusive marriage.
Stuck in the vicious and confusing cycle of abuse, Kiara does some soul searching by visiting a wellness retreat in India, where despite feeling detached from God, she feels attached to spirituality. This spiritual awakening helps her understand her inner power and bravery. Now she realizes how she's protected herself her entire life. She's stronger on her own and braver than she thinks. Go inside the life of Kiara and follow her brave journey as she reclaims her life and discovers her inner warrior.