Parental negligence, institutional abuse, sexism, addiction, a touch of incest, rejection, within the frame of religious, educational, medical, judicial institutions feature in this memoir covering the first sixty years of this eighty year old author's life.
The Epilogue is a reminder that although adversity can always pounce when least expected, one can retain a sense of accomplishment and regain serenity.
Annemarie Duparc holds a Ph.D. in Literature from a Canadian university. After officiating as a magistrate for seventeen years, she is now retired and resides in her native province. She has two living sons and six grandchildren.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Annemarie Duparc’s What Will Not Kill You is a unique work of memoir non-fiction. They say that what doesn’t kill will make you stronger. In this book, Annemarie tells her life story and how her various adversities did just that. Over a period of 60 years, she had to deal with negligent parents, institutional abuse, sexism, rejection when it came to want of a higher education, medical problems, a troubled marriage, addiction, and even a little incest. From which, she grew resilient and, at the risk of sounding cliché, managed to grow stronger and become someone people could look up to. This inspirational book was touching, entertaining, and, at times shocking and even humorous. Her story grabs the reader and makes them want to root for the author, even at the lowest point in her life. My favorite part of the story was the message. A reminder to us all that even through adversity, one can retain a sense of accomplishment and overcome anything if they try. The main problem I noticed in the book, however, was that the layout was the writing was a little jumpy, but it didn’t affect the reader’s ability to become engrossed in Annemarie’s world. Readers who like endearing, engaging, inspirational memoir non-fiction will enjoy reading this book.