She Left Me the Gun

She Left Me the Gun

My Mother's Life Before Me

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594204593
1594204594
Characteristics: xvi, 298 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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gusmcrae
Apr 13, 2016

Not as thrilling or suspenseful as advertised. I felt through much of it that the author only came away with a little information that she could actually share, and what she could share felt very disjointed much of the time.

ChristchurchLib Jul 16, 2013

"Documents the author's investigation into a shattering childhood trauma in South Africa, tracing the discovery of her grandfather's abuse of her mother, which compelled her mother's unsuccessful attempt to kill him before fleeing the country." July 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=656325

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johnperry1942
Jun 27, 2013

A true page turner. Emma Brockes managed to convey the South Africa that many of us know with humour and insight. I felt as if I knew those poeple she wrote about. A fascinating story about her wonderfully brave mother.

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