In 1986, journalist Michele Weldon married the perfect husband--an attractive, smart, ambitious fellow whose family she had known since childhood. During nine years of marriage, he became a successful lawyer and they had three sons. Weldon continued to work as a freelance writer from their home in Oak Park and everything was wonderful--except when he was beating her up. In the book she published last year, I Closed My Eyes, Weldon describes the expertise she developed in hiding the wounds he inflicted in order to preserve the appearance of a happy family: the ice cubes to stop the swelling, the makeup to cover the bruises. What she couldn't cover she explained away: the baby tossed a toy, it caught her in the lip. When her husband landed a punch to her jaw that sent her sprawling during a Fourth of July weekend at his parents' summer home, the cover was finally blown. Weldon got an emergency order of protection, divorced, and went public with her story, the "revelations of a battered woman." She'll talk about domestic violence and the reasons women find it hard to break away at a book signing at 7:30 on Thursday, October 26, at Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. Call 708-386-6927.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Yvette Marie Dostatni.