This graphic memoir looks at intergenerational experiences of domestic and gender-based violence through a maternal gaze. The book’s 13 chapters document a mother’s attempts to reconcile violent incidents through visual representation, psychically reordering them in the context of her changing temporal body. The unexpected return of trauma memories captured in mixed media reveals an intricate balance between remembering and forgetting. Snippets of memory collide on the page, illustrating in bold graphics and fragmented text how maternal bodies react to claim or reject the stories memory brings. At question is how violence interacts with mental health, addiction, disability, gender, and language, and where or if accountability for transgressions exists except in the author’s mind. While pushing the boundaries of ethical storytelling, this research-creation text explores trauma memory in a textured overlay of images and text. The textured hand-made paper cradles a constant search for identity, opening up the body surgically and metaphorically while pieces are changed, damaged, and removed.
- Publisher : Demeter Press; First Edition (August 25, 2023)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1772584509
- ISBN-13 : 978-1772584509
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches