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Beyond Low Ebb by Judy Edwards
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Apr 07, 10

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Judy Edwards Beyond Low EbbBeyond Low Ebb Judy’s first time memoir is best described as a tragic love story. The island, the surrounding water, and life in a small community all play significant parts in the drama. The opening chapters introduce the reader to the undertow of her marriage. She takes us back to her first visit to the island at age 13, where, as a young mother’s helper, she meets her future husband on a tennis court. Her passivity and social conditioning is richly illustrated as she describes her family background, her early domestic work experience, her education as a nurse, and her husband’s domination. Overwhelmed by her husband’s abandonment after he accepts a political position, her passivity is transformed by the choices she makes. She learns to accept risks and challenges beyond what she thinks possible and returns to an educated environment, where she is encouraged to develop her writing ability.

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Judy Edwards "Today, going back to that moment in time connects my consciousness to humiliation. I did not move away from the fear that stifled me once again. We all have a human right to be treated in a decent, reasonable way, yet this cannot happen in such a terrifying place. Where was I? Where was I going? I felt lost. I. My distress, which I had long held within, finally erupted. I needed to welcome the ghost of change that I had refused to see. I finally stood up for myself. My first step away from my bewildering anger was to take some time away to evaluate the negativity in our relationship. What I recall in this moment of writing was what I saw and heard when I sat across from Ray to tell him: no bulling body language, no gloating come-backs and no-put downs. That August afternoon in 1984, he remained silent. I had serious work to do. I was in a place I did not want to be. This place was outside of my relationship to our island and the home I loved. I felt my unease. It hurt. I felt the poverty in my spirit."Beyond Low EbbBeyond Low Ebb

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