Depression and desperation are two things that today's youth struggle with on a daily basis.  The Hanging Tree is a fictional tale dealing with very real topics that are still considered taboo to discuss freely.  In this episode, we are given a special treat as the author will be reading instead of me! As my typical theme is to feature people that have been dead for nearly a century, this is a huge break in form as Beck W. is not only alive, but sitting at the beginning of their literary journey. 

*Trigger Warning* This story deals with aspects of rape, domestic violence, depression, and suicide.  If you are experienceing any of these traumas, or know someone who is, please know that you are not alone and there is help. Please reach out to these organizations to speak with trained counselors that can help.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1−800−799−7233 

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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