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My mother knew I was abused as a child. She had read letters sent from my abuser to me...but she never spoke to me about them or what they described. And she never intervened to stop the abuse...now she is dying and the past is rising to the surface like a bruise. 

When Gemma Carey was 12 years old, a man twice her age would sneak into her bedroom on a weekly basis and sexually assault her. When Gemma was 17, she took the perpetrator to court without anyone else knowing and had him placed on the child sex offenders register. When she was 33, her mother died of cancer. For 20 years, her mother had known about this man. But why had she not acted to protect her daughter? Could the genesis of this betrayal be found in her own family history? 

No Matter Our Wreckage is the story of past and present colliding. It seeks to capture the complexity of forces that lead to abuse; to understand the intertwined narratives of mothers and daughters and how trauma becomes encoded in our DNA through generations. It explores grooming and the intricacies of consent, and how as a society we have not yet figured out how to deal with these types of crimes or the people who commit them. 

No Matter Our Wreckage is a powerful, poetic and unflinching memoir about what it means not to matter and how an extraordinary woman refused to listen to the stories she was being told about herself - by her history, by her abuser, by her mother, by society. It is only by speaking out that Gemma Carey learns she can break free from her past and reclaim her life, her self and her future.

©2020 Gemma Carey (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Personal and political, unflinching and generous. Carey writes with a researcher's curiosity and a survivor's urgency." (Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident)

"A devastating and clear-eyed memoir with a poet’s voice. Gemma Carey will boil your blood and break your heart." (Anna Spargo-Ryan, author of The Gulf)

"Powerful, raw and incisive...Gemma is unflinching in her personal investigation of family and trauma." (Ginger Gorman, author of Troll Hunting)

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Gripping and relatable

I'm no professional book reviewer or writer so all you need to know is that I loved this book. It made me see all the more how amazing Gemma is to overcome all she has, and gave me hope that I can too. I appreciate the destigmatization of abuse she shares. I've learned a lot about trauma from this book that I can use in my own life.

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