The Mother Wound

Weather by Jenny Offill

July Book of the Month:

The Mother Wound

by Amani Haydar

 

The Mother Wound is a tender, gripping memoir by Amani Haydar, a Western Sydney author, artist, lawyer and advocate. This book is exceptional: a loving tribute to Haydar's mother and grandmother, and a searing account of intergenerational trauma, state violence and domestic abuse.

The book follows the brutal death of Amani's mother, Salwa Haydar, at the hands of her father and the terrible aftermath. In the months and years following her death, Haydar revisits what she knew of her parent's relationship and comes to understand the emotional abuse and coercive control her mother lived with. She uncovers the flaws in the justice system for addressing domestic abuse, the policies that fail victims and their families, and the complexity and context behind every story of violence against women. The Mother Wound is an invaluable, generous contribution to current public conversations about coercive control and domestic violence in this country.

Haydar writes with an honesty, courage, grace and rage that made The Mother Wound hard to put down. This memoir will stay with me for a long time and I'll be recommending it to everyone I know. Beautiful, compelling and necessary.

– Emma

 

$34.99

Weather by Jenny Offill

July ILF Book of the Month

After Story

by Larissa Behrendt

 
Larissa Behrendt’s Finding Eliza became a fast favourite here at Better Read, using the true story of Eliza Fraser to highlight important truths about colonial storytelling. I could not wait to read her latest work; a fiction told in a dual narrative, as mother and daughter journey to England on a literary pilgrimage.

As our two protagonists, Jasmine – an Indigenous lawyer, and her mother Della, follow the paths of literary greats like Jane Austen, the Brontes and Virginia Woolf, they reflect on their own views and experiences. Central to the narrative is the disappearance of Jasmine’s sister, and a second disappearance in England.

An utterly unique tale which perfectly marries English literature with contemporary Australian social justice issues and ways of story telling (and with a mystery for those of you who loved an engrossing plot like me).

After Story is a true testament of the brilliance of Behrendt’s storytelling; weaving contemporary and historic themes of truth, power and language together with a compelling narrative, well-drawn characters and an exquisitely painted setting. This is a must-read!

 – Steph

 

 $32.99

 

 
This is our ILF (Indigenous Literacy Foundation) Book of the Month, which means 10% of the profits from this month's sales of this book will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

 

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