Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he's kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his violent outbursts. With all of their lives shattered in some way, Cassie's family must struggle to repair their broken relationships. As Cassie moves forward, she ultimately finds a way to help others, having developed compassion through her own painful experiences. Written in lyrical prose, Shattered tells the moving story of how one girl finds inner strength through music.
Family Relationships; Family Violence; Separation; Homelessness; violence; rage; violent parent; abusive father; separated parents; homeless teenager; run-away
violinists; forgiveness; families; adult child abuse victims; homeless shelter; family secrets; music
Baron, Kathi, "Shattered" (2009). Diverse Families. 1037.