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The Dear Ones

Davila, Berta, Rogers, Jacob
Format: Paperback
Publisher: 3TimesRebel Press
Published: June 15, 2023
ISBN: 9781739823689
192 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


The Dear Ones is a book about a woman who decides to have an abortion five years after having a child. A mother full of guilt, who does not fit into the imposed canon. It is a book in where the protagonist advocates for the freedom of choice: to continue to be herself and, at the same time, to be a mother. She defends the choice not to procreate again. The idea of guilt in motherhood, the obligation to feel a certain way, the way in which others relate to women’s decisions and the loneliness implicit in all the processes that involve taking in emotions that are considered incorrect or atavistic, an enormous isolation that is invisible to others, hover over the pages of the book. It is a story about emotional bonds. Berta Davila’s prose is transparent, simple and accurate. But its skeleton is made up of a temporal braid in which a writer recalls the birth and first months of life of her son just when, five years later, she has decided to have an abortion and not have her second. She does this through a slimmed-down writing and a direct structure, without rhetorical embellishments. Everything is bone. Autofiction / Metaliterature / Influenced by Adrienne Rich, by authors like Alice Ostriker, Jane Lazarre, Tillie Olsen, Alice Munro, and Annie Ernaux.

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