Author Kim Hodges will be at Stanton Library for Mental Health Month to talk about her memoir Girl on the Edge.
This is an arresting memoir of a sensitive adolescent girl growing up in a small and isolated town in regional Australia.
The book captures the claustrophobia of life in this community and deftly portrays the simmering resentments that lie beneath the surface of social interactions.
Kim Hodges has vividly expressed the psychological horror of a young woman who feels so trapped by her family, her society, her environment, and even her own body, that she is driven to desperate measures.
About the Author
Girl on the Edge: An Arresting Memoir is Kim's first book, published in 2016.
Her adolescent experiences niggled away in the back of her mind from twenty years of age and worked there way into words. Kim has a Master Degree in Policy from the University of Wollongong and undergraduate degree in Sociology from UTS. She has worked previously in the outer suburbs of Sydney at a local level using social action approaches and then in policy for government on health, gender and housing issues. Academia followed within the School of Arts and Social Sciences as a casual and contract Tutor/Lecturer for SCU. This memoir is written through a sensitive adolescent lens, and through reflections as an adult. It explores identity, belonging, and alienation, and also class, gender and power. It is set within a small town context, a local school and family. Humour offsets the confronting content.
There will be an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Kim's book, Girl on the Edge