Bret Killeen’s conscience is not clear after a mountain accident. As he stands on the precipice of his own life, his only choice is to confront his past–and himself.
Beyond the Precipice, a title both physical and metaphorical, explores
- the psychology of grief
- the psychology of abuse
- coming of age
and the social, family, and personal issues of
- conditional versus unconditional love
- parental disapproval
- spousal oppression
- abuse by a relative (physical and sexual)
- being true to oneself
- standing up for one’s rights and beliefs
- surrogate parenthood
- the power of outside help (emotional, financial)
- access to education
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