In this thought-provoking memoir, a celebrated writer explores the one story she couldn’t tell until now—her own. One of Hindi’s most beloved writers, Prabha Khaitan spent much of her life as the ‘second’ woman enmeshed in a long-term relationship with a married man. Born to a conservative family, Khaitan defied tradition, insisting on living life as a single woman, setting up her own business and earning the respect of her peers in the corporate world. Despite her yearning to be loved and cherished by the man to whom she gave her heart, Prabha Khaitan nevertheless lived life on her own terms. With a rare and refreshing frankness, Prabha Khaitan writes of her feelings, her sense of discomfort and unease at not being the ‘legitimate’ woman, about what she gained and lost from a relationship that was frowned upon by society and how she struggled to become her own woman. In doing so, she reflects on marriage, relationships, intimacy and distance, the professional and the personal, and the ways in which women are caught within these often conflicting forces. Published by Zubaan.
A Life Apart tells two stories. Ritwik, twenty-two and orphaned, escapes from a devastating childhood of abuse in Calcutta to what he considers to be a new world, full of possibilities, in England, where he has a chance to start all over again. But his past, especially the all-consuming relationship with his mother, is a minefield: will Ritwik find the salvation he is looking for? Set in India, England and in Raj Bengal, this award-winning first novel is about dislocation and alienation, outsiders and losers, the tenuous and unconscious intersections of lives and histories, and the consolations of storytelling. Unsentimental yet full of compassion, and written with unrelenting honesty, this scalding debut marks a new turning point in writing from India.
Rebecca's parents were born to very different families. One wealthy, one all but destitute, they were united only by their striking mutual beauty. But the sole child to bless their great romantic fairy tale is a daughter of startling ugliness. The shock of having given birth to such a monster leads the mother to withdraw both herself and her daughter from the world. Only by keeping her child indoors, away from strangers' eyes, can she protect her from their disgust. But against all odds, with a little help from some remarkable friends, Rebecca discovers a talent for music that proves that inner beauty can outshine any other. A Life Apart is an irresistible modern fable that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt that they don't belong.
Claire Mueller is of the generation of Abzug, Friedan, and Steinem. She will tell you, if you ask, that her career presented itself without plan, strategy. Chance, she will say. It was chance, and taking advantage of opportunities that presented themselves, a solid work ethic, and a vocabulary that leads people to think that she is smarter than she really is. That is what she believes. A Life, APart tells Claire’s story, her journey from naïve daughter to world-damaged adult. It chronicles her career, her friendship with Naomi, an unconventional, drug-dealing free-spirit who provides support and inspiration, and her unconventional love affair with Viktor, the soul-damaged, East European war refugee, who accompanies her on her final journey. Grounded in historical fact, Claire’s story is that of one woman working in the man’s world of the 1950s and 1960s, before feminism became a byword. It is a character study, of Claire, and those flawed, authentic individuals who helped shape her life.
A History of Relations Between Europeans and Aborigines
Author: Bain Attwood
Publisher: Melbourne University
A Life Together, A Life Apart is a collaborative autobiography and an oral narrative as well as a history. The vivid recollections of Winifred Burrage, Alan Burrage and Elsie Stokie form its centrepiece.
Dr Henry Steadman has it all: a booming business, a daughter he loves, and plenty of time to enjoy life. But while visiting upstate Florida, a police-stop ends in the shooting of a local cop - with Henry as the prime suspect. Framed for a second murder, this time of a close friend, Henry goes on the run.
From his birth in 1983 in his country, author Jean Chery shares the story of his many and varied life experiences. In The Life Apart, he narrates details of growing up in his home country with this extended family nearby and then moving to America in 2002. In this memoir, Chery tells about the joys and challenges of his life, from being a Latino practice dancer and his dreams of becoming an author, actor, and film editor to battling the disease of schizophrenia and his stays in mental health facilities. The Life Apart discusses the role God has played in Chery s life and how he has adjusted to living in America, studying to earn a GED and an associate s degree. The Life Apart provides insight into one man s youth in his country and the experiences of dealing with a mental health problem, all while relying on his faith in God to get him through."
Including His Singular and Erratic Wanderings in Europe and America. To which is Added, His Chain Journey from Babylon to Jerusalem; Dialogue Between Curious and Singular; Hints on the Fulfillment of Prophecy, Etc., Etc., and the Vicissitudes; Or, Journey of Life, and Supplementary Reflections
My mum is a liar, and my dead father is alive! Merryl has discovered that the one person she trusted most had told her lies. To whom can she turn to find out the truth? What other secrets has her mother kept from her? The thing that Merry had feared most has exploded in her face. Her past has finally caught up with her. Her life is torn apart once more. Alone, with no one to turn to, how is she going to salvage the situation? Has she lost her daughter because of her lies?