When I Hit You (Hardback)Meena Kandasamy (author)
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018
Guardian's Best Books of 2017
Daily Telegraph's Best Books of 2017
Observer Best Books of 2017
Financial Times Best Books of 2017
"Meena Kandasamy's vivid, sharp and precise writing makes a triumph of When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife(Atlantic)"- Guardian
Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 205 x 137 x 24 mm
Courageous and brave and disturbing and will stay with you for a long time * Stylist *
Fierce and unforgettable * Culturefly *
Searing... I read it in a single sitting * Fatima Bhutto *
Brilliant... Astonishing... By far the best read of the year * Women Writers *
This book is so so good. One of the best of the year -- Nikesh Shukla
Such raw, lyrical reading * RTE Arena *
A brilliant but brutal punch to the guts -- Monisha Rajesh
Urgent... It's beating heart is a universally recognised quest for freedom and meaning in a world where women are still shockingly undervalued * Financial Times *
Heartbreaking... It isn't an easy read, but it is an important one * The F-Word *
A punch to the gut * The Wire *
The best thing I've read in 2017. Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, it's a work of considerable power * The Page is Printed *
Read it as an extended prose poem, a feminist anthem, an experiment with life. But do read it. * The Daily O *
Profoundly moving and very cleverly constructed. The intensity of the narrator and unflinching lens on abuse made it unputdownable. A power house of a book. * Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me *
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