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Excerpt from She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes (Plus: Podcast)

She Left Me the Gun“My mother first tried to tell me about her life when I was 10 years old. I was sitting at the table doing homework or a drawing; she was standing at the grill cooking sausages,” writes Emma Brockes in this excerpt from her memoir, She Left Me the Gun.

The Guardian has published an excerpt from the book in which Brockes relates how her mother finally told her about her family history shortly before she passed away.

My mother first tried to tell me about her life when I was 10 years old. I was sitting at the table doing homework or a drawing; she was standing at the grill cooking sausages. Every now and then the fat from the meat would catch and a flame leap out.

She had been threatening some kind of revelation for years. “One day I will tell you the story of my life,” she said, “and you will be amazed.” I had looked at her in amazement. The story of her life was she was born, she had me, 10 years passed, end of story.

Brockes also discussed on The Guardian Books Podcast how it was only after her mother’s death that she discovered the extent of what she had been through:

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