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Because I Couldn't Kill You: A Memoir

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Kelly Koopman brilliantly interrogates the complex beauty and brutality of the everyday as she struggles with the legacies of trauma in the homes and bones of ‘ordinary South African families’.
She wades through the flotsam and jetsam of generations, among shipwrecks and sunken treasures in an attempt at familial and collective healing.
Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious,
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Jacana Media
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Munira
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelly-Eve has a way with words. There are sad moments. There are hilarious moments. I loved the profound use of metaphors.

"For me, it is more like I carried myself here like a sack of dirty laundry, demanding to be cleaned, ironed, folded and sent home. I don't think a clinic is unlike a laundromat. A sanitised environment where other people sort through your dirty intimates and send you home still worn and maybe a little threadbare but clean."
Teresa Angless
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a to read book if you are in any way South African. A beautifully written piece on searching for identity amongst the ruins of an abusive private and political past. A young voice to follow with interest.
Elite Group
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dazzling, brave debut memoir that leaves no stone unturned.

To say that Koopman is a wordsmith is a gross understatement. She has such an obvious, passionate love affair with the English language that it makes the reader often feel like an uninvited trespasser, a voyeur; her writing is that inexplicably intimate and soulfully seductive. She arranges words on the page, sometimes stacking them neatly like her auntie’s prized Tupperware and other times scattering them haphazardly like her
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Dipuo Mokopanele
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every black and brown South African must just do themselves a favour and get a copy. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to reread it. We need these books and voices if we are to find out what kind of a nation and South Africa we hope for. This book is brutal, relevant, urgent and down right poetic. Kelly-Eve writes well and with authority. The second half of the book is more of a free-writing, where I had to double back and sometime I didn't know know if she was taking to Sarah, her younger ...more
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