Imogene is in her final days, an old woman in a Home, and she has been reflecting on how she was shaped by abuse in her marriage.
It is not an easy read - in terms of the theme - but it is an awesome read.
You can hear Imogene's polite, proper, well-to-do voice, and her matter-of-fact approach to telling the story as she takes you back to 1911.
This is a book that highlights the silence that condones marriage-based abuse, and the modern equivalent.
Domestic Violence is not okay.
This book was launched, coincidently, in a month that saw two Canberra mothers, wives, murdered by the men that were supposed to love them. A horrible reminder that over 100 years later, women are still experiencing these atrocities
"1911 - Imogene's Story" is not a long book. I would have happily seen it doubled in size, and yet it is as long as it could be. In Imogene's words you will find a tale of luck (good and bad), a tale of woe and joy.
Imogene is a gem of a woman. Innocent, strong, trusting and hopeful, intelligent and kind. She is easy to like. She tells enough of her story to be understood, without focusing on the horror, she has a beautiful way of seeing the world.