Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law (Paperback)Kate Rossmanith (author)
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'Brave and brilliant... this book will change your life.'
Kate Rossmanith studied people for a living, and thought she understood human nature well. But in the wake of her daughter's birth, the vulnerability and intensity of parenthood took her completely by surprise. Faced with a debilitating insomnia, she spent hours awake reflecting on her own upbringing and the unwelcome role remorse can play in even the most devoted parents' lives.
Increasingly fascinated with the concept of remorse, she was drawn to the criminal courts, observing case after case. She talked to criminals, lawyers and judges alike, trying to answer the fundamental question: how can you know whether a person is ever truly sorry? But it soon became clear the project was creating seismic shifts in Kate's own life. The more she learnt, the more she saw how her relationship with her father, who for many years was a distant and often angry man, was steeped in remorse. The more she learnt, the more she saw the faultlines in her marriage, widening under the strains of parenthood. And ever present was a family history sketched across war-torn Europe, with the seeds of heartache taking root in Australia.
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 340 g
'A sincere and delicate inquiry that moves with grace between public and private pain.'-- Helen Garner
'A moving investigation into the inner-workings of remorse and forgiveness, not just as a legal concept, but a tool to opening up our common humanity. Kate is a brilliant storyteller.' -- Alice Pung
'In this moving and spellbinding meditation on the mysteries of remorse, Kate Rossmanith shuttles between courtroom dramas and personal reminiscences as she traces out the repercussions of the "calamitous mistakes and misfortunes" that haunt our everyday lives. This is the gift Rossmanith gives her readers: through her elegant prose and riveting story structure, she opens up an elusive subject for us to ponder, withholding obvious closure, and yet satisfying us that she has reached the heart of the matter. Rarely does a book enter a reader's life so completely.'