I want the things that I write to one day see the light of day, to be published. I want my children to understand that if they now live well, choose their partner, go on a honeymoon and live a better life, that they should not forget that their parents underwent years of hardship here in this foreign land. Those young women, who left their homeland and came here for a new tomorrow, often came up against such a lack of understanding that they were driven to despair, even suicide. It is to these wounded, immigrant women that I leave this book because I am one of them and I always think of them with love and compassion.
Litsa Nikolopoulou-Gogas’ memoir is a profoundly moving account of the events that informed and shaped her nearly nine-decade long life story: first, in her homeland, Greece, and then in her adopted homeland, Australia. In prose characterised by a sparseness of tone and searing honesty, she highlights the degree to which endemic patriarchy obliterated any dreams she might have harboured for determining her future choices; her fate was sealed at every turn … The writer’s insistence on her right to tell her own story loudly and proudly could not have been more relevant or timely.