Title

The Unbinding

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2019

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Poetry | Women's Studies

Abstract

The Unbinding chronicles a woman's experience of finding her way through and out of a twenty-year marriage rooted in domestic violence, as well as her continued unbinding from trauma. The abuse she survives is particularly insidious due to the fact that she is married to a pastor, and thus it includes not just emotional, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, but also spiritual abuse. Settings and images of everyday life provide a gateway into a remarkable journey, the telling of which is vivid and dark, yet ultimately hopeful. The woman at the center of this journey survives due to her children - a manifestation of her grace in the world - and her grit.

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