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Before the Knife: Memories of An African Childhood - Carolyn Slaughter

Doubleday, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Here, in her own words, prize-winning novelist Carolyn Slaughter tells the story of a family that destroyed itself from within, and of the ways she found to overcome terrors that no child should have to bear.

Growing up in a remote British protectorate (now Botswana) in the heart of the Kalahari Desert, Carolyn was inspired by the stark beauty of her childhood home. All too soon, this magnificent and isolated landscape would become a refuge for a six-year-old girl with nowhere to turn. Neither her mother, doomed by depression and guilt, nor her sister could shield her from the most terrible of violations. In the end, she would learn not only how to survive, but how to save her own soul.

In prose unforgettable for its lyric beauty and subtle irony, Before the Knife offers us powerful lessons about survival, and about the triumph of love over hate.”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Grey boards with White titling to the Spine. 254 pages.