She Left Me the Gun

She Left Me the Gun

My Mother's Life Before Me

Book - 2013
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"One day I will tell you the story of my life," promises Emma Brockes's mother, "and you will be amazed." Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother's past--stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London--and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark. A mystery to her friends and family, Paula was clearly a strong, self-invented woman; glamorous, no-nonsense, and frequently out of place in their quaint English village. Looking to unearth the truth after Paula's death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land--and the life--her mother fled from years before. As she follows her mother's footsteps back to South Africa, Brockes begins to find the wellsprings of her mother's strength, the tremendous endurance which allowed Paula to hide terrible secrets from even her closest friends and family.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781594204593
Branch Call Number: 968.0009 B782s 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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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

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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