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0571340326
Book:Women talking; Miriam Toews:2018 Women talking; Miriam Toews
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Author: Toews, Miriam
Year: 2018
Language: English
Type: Book
Class Number: F
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Faber & Faber, 2018
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9780571340323
Notes:
Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote religious Mennonite colony, over a hundred girls and women were knocked unconscious and raped, often repeatedly, by what many thought were ghosts or demons, as a punishment for their sins. As the women tentatively began to share the details of the attacks - waking up sore and bleeding and not understanding why - their stories were chalked up to 'wild female imagination.' 'Women Talking' is an imagined response to these real events. Eight women, all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their colony and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in, meet secretly in a hayloft with the intention of making a decision about how to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.
Additional information: 216 pages, illustrations (black and white), 21 cm, hbk
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