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Eye-opening stories from some corageous women
on 27 August 2009
Invisible Women starts with an abreviated version of Jacky Trevane's first book, Fatwa. I haven't read this and in a way, wish I had read it first and ommitted the first 56 pages of this book.
The following 8 chapters are devoted to the stories of 8 women whose circumstances, all beyond their own control, have led to them being in the position of feeling "invisible". It's an interesting concept for a book and one that worked well. Nearly all these women had come to know the author via her Fatwa website. They contacted her with their own sad tales and to her best ability she helped and guided them. Many, in fact I'd say, most of the stories do not have happy endings - it is more a matter of learning to cope with situations.
Ms Trevane's own experiences left her psychologically wounded, with an understanding for other peoples' problems that she probably would not otherwise have had. I kept feeling that she should go for some sort of phsychology training to give her the confidence to do what she is obviously so talented at.
What really impressed me was that she was prepared to be there for these women in spite of the memories that their situations must have stirred in her. In my limited experience of people who have been through trauma, the victims want, quite rightly, to move on, and can't cope with the raw wounds opened when others talk of similar suffering.
A short, quick read that left me determined to be available for friends if and when they might need me.
I hope it helps women who feel alone and unloved.
There are also some very useful e mail addresses in the back for professional advice and support.