The Mother Wound The Mother Wound

The Mother Wound

    • 4.5 • 19 Ratings
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    • $18.99

Publisher Description

'A magnificent and devastating work of art. There is a raging anger here, and a deep sorrow, but at the core Haydar gives us truths about love. This is one of the most important books I've ever read.' Bri Lee

'I am from a family of strong women.'


Amani Haydar suffered the unimaginable when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Five months pregnant at the time, her own perception of how she wanted to mother (and how she had been mothered) was shaped by this devastating murder.

After her mother's death, Amani began reassessing everything she knew of her parents' relationship. They had been unhappy for so long - should she have known that it would end like this? A lawyer by profession, she also saw the holes in the justice system for addressing and combating emotional abuse and coercive control.

Amani also had to reckon with the weight of familial and cultural context. Her parents were brought together in an arranged marriage, her mother thirteen years her father's junior. Her grandmother was brutally killed in the 2006 war in Lebanon, adding complex layers of intergenerational trauma.

Writing with grace and beauty, Amani has drawn from this a story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world. In The Mother Wound, she uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2022 MICHAEL CROUCH AWARD FOR A DEBUT WORK
WINNER OF THE VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION 2022
WINNER OF THE MATT RICHELL AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2022

WINNER OF THE 2021 SYDNEY MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE (SMAC) AWARDS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE DOUGLAS STEWART PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS THE MULTICULTURAL NSW AWARD 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST TRUE CRIME 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS 2022 NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE WALKLEY BOOK AWARD 2021

Praise for The Mother Wound

'Shattering, unforgettable, beautifully told.' - Randa Abdel-Fattah

'Gripping, transcendent, tender and, at times, infuriating. With a daughter's heart and a lawyer's mind, Amani Haydar maps the territory that connects the wars we fight abroad to the wars we endure in our homes.' - Jess Hill

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
AH
Amani Haydar
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
10:09
hr min
RELEASED
2021
29 June
PUBLISHER
Pan Macmillan Australia
SIZE
309.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Deb.a ,

Heartbreaking read

Very heartbreaking and also inspiring read.

knurph ,

This woman is amazing

This book is incredible.

In awe of everything about Amani’s story and the way she tells it.

Audio book (besides being in her own voice) gets extra points from me for much needed help with Arabic pronunciations…

The only downside of reading this before bed is feeling even more full of impotent rage. HER DAD AND ALL HIS SUPPORTERS!!!! 🫠