What a warm and to the point review of my 3rd memoir. I call it my survivor memoir. I faced domestic abuse and beat it hands down. Yes, the scars and some stuffs trailed along and messed with my mind some, but I am a survivor; more than a conqueror in Christ who fortifies me. I am ever grateful dear Ashley
Battered, Tattered, But Not Shattered: Finding The Strength In What Remains is a memoir by Marie Abanga. This is part of a series of memoir accounts, and focuses on her abusive marriage and how she rebuilt her life afterwards.
I always enjoy Marie’s unique way with words, like this gem: “I know I have the guts to write about this, especially as an African brought up in the culture of ‘learning to wash dirty linen in your bowels’.”
The book explores Marie’s marriage, which she describes as a sham and likens to a Cold War, her eventual decision to leave him, and her journey of building her life back up again. She explains that in Cameroonian society, it is considered acceptable for men to ignore their wives to teach them proper submissiveness. What began as emotional abuse escalated to physical as well as financial abuse and forced sexual intercourse.
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