Meena Kandasamy

When I Hit You

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The widely acclaimed novel of an abused woman in India and her fight for freedom: “A triumph.” —The Guardian

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the Observer
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize

Based on the author’s own experience, When I Hit You follows the narrator as she falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife. Soon, the newlywed experiences extreme violence at her husband’s hands and finds herself socially isolated. Yet hope keeps her alive. Writing becomes her salvation, a supreme act of defiance, in a harrowing yet fierce and funny novel that not only examines one woman’s battle against terror and loneliness but reminds us how fiction and stories can help us escape.
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176 printed pages
Original publication


    Refiloe Masitashared an impression3 years ago
    👎Give This a Miss
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    💡Learnt A Lot
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    I do not have words to describe how much I loved this book. It's made worse by the fact that I'm not good at reviewing either.

    All I can say is that this was perhaps one of my greatest reads this year. One of my favorite books.

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    💡Learnt A Lot


    Refiloe Masitahas quoted3 years ago
    Some men leave me because I am unpredictable – sunshine one moment and storm clouds the next; the scent of summer rain with the sleep-depriving aftershock of thunder. They cannot keep pace with the fighting that follows the kissing that follows the argument that follows the laughing in unending circles.
    b9553486412has quoted2 years ago
    Fight or Flight.

    The old formula again. I haven’t given up fighting, not yet.

    The flight only comes when the fight has failed.
    Refiloe Masitahas quoted3 years ago
    needless questions of men, the worthless jealousy of other women

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