These creative nonfiction essays consider girlhood, motherhood, violence at home and abroad, violence against women, the consolation in writing, trauma, and redemption.
The essays celebrate and interrogate popular and literary culture: for example the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Alun Lewis's love letters, and David Bowie's 'Life on Mars'.
These timely meditations on women, ethics, and writing bring insights that only an immigrant and traveller like Brigley could provide.
Zoë Brigley originally from Wales, is now assistant professor at the Ohio State University. She has three poetry collections The Secret (2007) and Conquest (2012), and her most recent, Hand and Skull (2019). She also co-edited the volume Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives (2010). She is currently editing the Bloomsbury Guide to Poetry in the UK and Ireland.