When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife Review

Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of a kept woman, bullying her out of her life as an academic and writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

Smart, fierce and courageous When I Hit You is a dissection of what love meant, means and will come to mean when trust is undermined by violence; a brilliant, throat-tightening feminist discourse on battered faces and bruised male egos; and a scathing portrait of traditional wedlock in modern India.

Title:When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. When I Hit You’s unnamed narrator gives a staggering account of psychological manipulation and marital abuse...

  • Jennifer

    The words I would use to describe this book – powerful, unflinching, raw – all sound cliché, but they’re all true. Video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2KI7......

  • Meike

    "That is the aim of the rapes, all this rough sex. Not just a disciplining, but a disabling. He believes that after him, I will have nothing in me to love, to make love, to give pleasure. This is a ma...

  • Hugh

    As a man, I don't feel capable of writing a conventional review of this compelling, intensely personal, visceral, brutal, raw and above all human story of how a talented young poet and writer found he...

  • Khush

    It is a book that roused many responses in me, not always good. In the beginning, just after reading a few pages, I made up my mind about the writer. She proved me right, to an extent, in the first ha...

  • Gumble's Yard

    I am the woman who has tried to shield herself from the pain of the first person singular …. I am the woman who stands in place of the woman who loathes to enter this story in any of its narrations...

  • Srividya

    Many years ago, when I was studying law, I worked with a non profit organization that dealt with women’s issues along with many others. I was in my final year of law when I met her. She was a woman ...

  • Trudie

    This was a tough read of that there is no doubt.The title is fierce and the writing while beautifully poetic and darkly humorous is also uncompromising and raw. It leaves you with a portrait of the li...

  • Alice Lippart

    Brutal....

  • Viv JM

    When I Hit You tells the tale of a young wife's treatment at the hands of an abusive husband. First, he cuts her off and seeks to control her (making her delete her Facebook account, hand over her pho...