REVIEW: ‘Rebellious Daughters’



Rebellious Daughters
Edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman

Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious daughters are just the opposite.

In Rebellious Daughters, some of Australia’s most talented female writers share intimate and touching stories of rebellion and independence as they defy the expectations of parents and society to find their place in the world.

Powerful, funny and poignant, these stories explore everything from getting caught in seedy nightclubs to lifelong family conflicts and marrying too young. Beautifully written, profoundly honest and always relatable, every story is a unique retelling that celebrates the rebellious daughter within us all.

Not every woman is a mother, grandmother, aunty or sister – but all women are daughters.

Rebellious Daughters contributors: Jane Caro, Jamila Rizvi, Susan Wyndham, Rebecca Starford, Marion Halligan, Amra Pajalic, Jo Case, Leah Kaminsky, Michelle Law, Caroline Baum, Rochelle Siemienowicz, Nicola Redhouse, Krissy Kneen, Silvia Kwon and Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.




What AusRom Today thought:

An eclectic collection of short stories centering on a broad and far-reaching range of topics from some of Australia’s most talented (and rebellious!) women.

Though each story is contrastingly different—from the standpoint of cultural, age, era, and expectations placed on individuals—the theme of being the woman you choose, and work hard to be, is consistent in each woman’s story.

I adored that the rebellious nature of each woman was captured and celebrated in such a raw and glorious manner. That the women involved were given a platform for presenting their story, their way. That the level of rebellion was different for each woman: what was daring for one was passé for another and there was no judgement of either woman. These are the differences that make us who we are and work to encourage and give strength to others.

Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman have done a wonderful job in compiling and presenting Rebellious Daughters.



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