I don't know if I could have endured this woman's journey. It illustrated the cycle of abuse, if you are not taught that you are loved and worthy as a child then you will be more likely to accept relationships that will end up in domestic violence.
The welfare system does not offer a hand up, it is too bureaucratic and cuts off people's benefits just as they start to make any success, I worked as a case manager in the Aid to Dependent Children County department in the 70's and apparently it has not changed.
Often the justice system helps men abuse women via their children.
Minimum wage and high rental costs just don't work to keep people from being homeless, it is getting worse and worse.
I am glad she made a leap of faith and is a successful writer, this is a great book. Also, read "Evicted" and "Nickled and Dimed" if you want to know more on these subjects.