M.D. Thomas shares violence, abuse that defined her grandmother’s life in debut book

“Mercedee”M.D. Thomas shares violence, abuse that defined her grandmother’s life in debut book

Author announces release of ‘Mercedee’

DALLAS – Born in Louisiana in 1908, M.D. Thomas’ grandmother, Mercedee, witnessed violence and abuse firsthand. An ultimately triumphant tale, “Mercedee: A Black Woman’s Struggle during the Early Part of the Century” (published by iUniverse) explores Mercedee’s struggles through racism and the abuse she endured from her family, friends and society.

“The abuse my grandmother suffered, I believe has trickled down through our generation,” Thomas says. “Many others I grew up with and around suffered abuse, but most of them do not know their past, or that it may have to do with them being abused as well, like myself. Awareness of domestic abuse is a must. Understanding it is paramount!”

Nearly killed by her husband, Mercedee and her parents had to endure the trauma that followed while trying to care for her children. An unfortunately common occurrence in the lives of people who come from Thomas’ background, her grandmother’s story helps put their lives and the violence that shapes them into perspective through this honest look.

By sharing her grandmother’s story, Thomas’ hope is that readers will learn “To make better decisions when choosing a mate, and if a mistake is made then realize the importance of getting away. I hope this book can save a life or two or even more.”


By M.D. Thomas

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 242 pages | ISBN 9781491775271

E-Book | 242 pages | ISBN 9781491775264

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

M.D. Thomas graduated from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., in 1990 with an associate’s degree in general education, and Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, in 2007 with an associate’s degree with an emphasis in journalism. Thomas lives in Dallas. This is her first book.

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