Novel delivers powerful message about overcoming childhood trauma

‘Enigma’ tells story of a girl struggling to cope with damaging effects of parental neglect

Elk Grove, CA ( — In her new novel, Enigma: The Only Child Syndrome (published by AuthorHouse), debut author Talva examines the lifelong effects of certain parenting styles and shows how children are influenced by their upbringing long after reaching adulthood.

“Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the toughest tasks on earth,” Talva writes. “Nevertheless, a parent’s flagrant-foul on the parenting field can be extremely damaging and detrimental to their child’s emotional well-being. Good children can make bad parents, just as bad parents can make good children.”

“Enigma” is set in California and tells the story of Crystal, her mother, Sharon, and her father, Stoney. Sharon and Stoney are neglectful parents, and Crystal has a tumultuous childhood as a result. She endures mental and physical abuse and winds up carrying a lot of emotional baggage. However, she’s not completely alone – Armondo is another main character who serves as a safe haven, and Babygirl, Crystal’s cousin, is her closest confidant.

Talva is hopeful that Crystal’s story will give readers hope and leave them feeling empowered. “I want them to leave this book having an understanding that despite being in the perils of destruction in the beginning, that they can overcome the emotional baggage,” she writes. “I want them to be encouraged that life can be great, and that although the remnants from their past may always be present in their future, they do not have to be forever bound by it.”

Book Details:
By Talva
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781491808177
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781491808160
E-Book | ISBN 9781491808184
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and AuthorHouse

About the Author:

Talva is a native of Sacramento, Calif., where she grew up in the Del Paso Heights community. Despite being subjected to the area’s epidemic of drugs, gangs and violence, she fought to overcome her environment and pursued life-enhancing opportunities. After graduating from high school, Talva uprooted her family out of the belly of the beast of her neighborhood and went on to have a successful career as a Healthcare Professional, Real Estate Agent, and Notary Public.”She established her own LLC, which encompassed all of her licensing work and established a nonprofit organization to help corporations raise money for causes in the community. Enigma is her first published book, and she is in the process of writing two others.

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