Good morning! I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend here in the States and a Funday Monday elsewhere. ☺ Please give a warm welcome to author, Cynthia Racette, joining us today with her book - Uncharted Fate!
Why I Wrote About Unemployment
Unemployment is a sad fact of life today, but no one writes about it. In many cases, it's the elephant in the room. The reality is, unfortunately, a part of the lives of someone we know and love. No one is immune these days, it seems.
Nearly everyone has a loved one who is unemployed or underemployed, through no fault of his own. Cousin Katie lost her job when they cut one shift of the factory she works in. Uncle Bob is an older person who has been unemployed for nearly two years. There are very few jobs for persons who are older and competing with recent college grads. With many long term unemployed, unemployment runs out, food stamps are cut, and a family is left hanging, going into debt and farther and farther behind on a mortgage on a house that is under water.
Then there are the people like Anna, who are older Americans just entering the job force because of some family circumstance. Their husbands just lost their jobs and they need something coming in. A one income family finds it has to become a two income family when the oldest child enters college. Or Anna—a young widow with an ill-fitting college career that trained her for nothing that would earn her family money.
All of these situations are fraught with difficulties for a family: anxiety, hopelessness, depravation, depression, stress—and the list goes on, and on. The family dynamics in a household where one parent is out of work or working for a low wage that is not really a living wage is complex. These dynamics often lead members of a family to mental illness, problems with adolescents and teens like gangs and drugs and stealing. Those issues need to be explored.
It's a prevalent problem in America and problems are my business. How humans work, how relationships change and what happens when things go awry in some fashion.Literature about real life.