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Paperback,  6″ x 9″
263 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-257-4

by Deborah Gould

“The first time it happened,” I said, “I nearly choked on my surprise.”
So begins Margaret Wilson’s telling of a relationship gone awry. Combine domestic danger (present) and safety (past) with a rich description of the landscape they share—an old farmhouse in Maine—and Household becomes a narrative of tension and sweetness, a balance of abuse and refuge.

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Household is a beautiful book about something terrible—the insidiousness and devastation of emotional abuse. Lyrically, but with the force of a sledgehammer, Deb Gould conveys what it feels like to be terrorized by someone you love.

—Patrisha McLean, founder/president of Finding Our Voices (

Deborah Gould’s Household examines the necessity, the power, and the peril of relationship. It’s an intricate and sometimes harrowing journey of connects and disconnects—to loved ones, to home, to history, to oneself— that delivers the reader to an inexorable conclusion. It’s a story for our times.

—Cynthia Anderson, author of River Talk and Home Now

A riveting story.

—Joan Zorza, author of Violence Against Women


Deborah Gould is the author of The Eastern, Book One: The Early Years (Maine Authors Publishing, 2015), and The Eastern, Book Two: Later On (Maine Authors Publishing, 2018). She won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for short fiction, and The Eastern, Book One: The Early Years was a finalist in the 2016 Fiction Book category.

She’s a three-season resident of Brunswick, Maine, where she belongs to a small unprogrammed Quaker meeting and volunteered for a domestic violence agency. She summers on Flying Pond in Mount Vernon.

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