She Left Me the Gun

My Mother's Life Before Me

by Emma Brockes

She Left Me the Gun

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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.

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Miller is also fond of memoirs, a genre that in recent years has been maligned as self indulgent and often untruthful. But Miller thinks a good memoir can be a great read. Emma Brockes' is about her search for the truth about her mother's difficult childhood. Though Brockes had an idyllic childhood growing up in England, she gradually comes to understand that her mother's upbringing in Australia was quite the opposite. Miller says Brockes' mom emerges as a heroic figure who was an "amazing,

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