Circle of Anger is Vernon Reed’s story of a family that is controlled by unresolved anger. Growing up in a severely dysfunctional family, Vernon endured the pain of watching lives slowly destroyed by hostility that gnawed away at the very fabric of the family’s existence. Circle of Anger is biographical, but it is also an in-depth look at disruptive, dysfunctional interactions of people who harbor unresolved conflicts. The novel explores the frustration of the children who watch helplessly as the lives of family members are destroyed. Although the book is set in Appalachia, in his social work experiences, Vernon witnessed the same effects in many of the families with whom he worked.