Incisive New Book – A Girl Called Harmony
Harmony Couillard's just released memoir acknowledges the very real issues of mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse and lack of family structure and the effects on children.
Born to a schizophrenic father and an alcoholic mother, baby Harmony staves off hunger by eating dry cat food under the kitchen table. After her father falls deeper into mental illness and leaves, her mother seeks refuge in enablers and on a hippie commune in the lonely, cold rural mountains in northern America. Her mother marries a deranged drug dealer, and they produce two Littles. As her mother falls deeper into addiction, Harmony is abducted by the drug dealing stepfather, and they live in hiding. Depraved memories of neglect, abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, maltreatment and loss unravel as 16 year old Harmony finds stability in a safe foster family and a new journal.
Child sexual abuse reports are on the rise, especially amid lockdown orders due to Coronavirus. Child sexual abuse is a public health problem of enormous consequence. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before age 18. It is far more prevalent than most people realize. 60% of child abuse victim never tell anyone.
Harmony now lives in South Florida with her husband, son, two dogs, one cat, and a hamster. She has been a teacher for over twenty-six years and holds a master of science degree in reading education. She currently works as a reading specialist for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. As a child advocate, Harmony volunteers as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for the state of Florida. Her advocacy work for children and people who suffer from the wounds of neglect, abuse, abduction, and abandonment highlights her passion to help others understand the importance of a mindful family structure, balanced and healthy living, faith, and finding one's unique brilliance and inner story.
A Girl Called Harmony, ISBN 9781733812085, is distributed by Pathway Book Service and Ingram Book Company. Readers can purchase copies on Amazon, B&N.com and at other booksellers. A Girl Called Harmony is also available on Amazon Kindle. For additional information contact the publisher, Biographical Publishing Company, http://www.biopub.us.