November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Manitoba. Sadly, this November has started with a three-year-old Winnipeg boy dying after being stabbed by his mother’s ex-boyfriend. According to the Canadian Woman’s Foundation, every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. 

Our November book – When I hit you, or, A portrait of the writer as a young wife by Meena Kandasamy – demonstrates the devastating effects of domestic abuse. 

“It’s gasp-worthy reading. Reading with the stomach. The process itself becomes precarious and unsafe, trapping you within three rooms in Mangalore. Yet it is also through writing that the only oases come. “I write letters to lovers I have never seen,” the narrator says: “to lovers I invent on a lonely morning. Open a file, write a paragraph or a page, erase before lunch.” This is her act of supreme defiance. As is telling the tale itself: though thoroughly harrowing, Kandasamy’s writing is also funny, tender and lyrical, usually simultaneously. When trauma is ever-present, the other qualities only have the option to mix with it.” – The Irish Times.

Please be aware that this book can trigger a strong emotional reaction and evoke previous traumatic experiences.

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