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Enemy : A daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam war home - Ruth Clare


A daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam war home

Paperback Published: 1st March 2016
ISBN: 9780670079094
Number Of Pages: 320

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Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth learned to be strong and fierce in the face of fear.

After escaping her difficult upbringing, Ruth went on to have a family of her own. Facing the challenges of parenting brought her past back to life, and she lived in fear that she was doomed to repeat her father's behaviour. Wanting to understand the experiences that had damaged her father, she met with other veterans and began listening to their stories, of war, conscription, returning to civilian life. What Ruth uncovered left her with a surprising empathy for the man who caused her so much pain and heartache.

Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer.

About the Author

Ruth Clare was born in Brisbane, raised in Rockhampton and now lives in Melbourne. She has been a professional writer since 2004. Enemy is her first book.

Industry Reviews

'Ruth Clare brings history into the home with piercing intelligence, unflinching honesty and total, terrifying recall. By drawing a direct line from the violence of war to the brutality of domesticity, Enemy refuses to excuse the tormentor yet tries to understand the legacy of torment. I wanted this book to stop and I couldn't put this book down.' -
Clare Wright, author of the Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

ISBN: 9780670079094
ISBN-10: 067007909X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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