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The Yellow House

Published Date: May 5, 2020

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The victims of domestic abuse are overwhelmingly women, and women tend to experience more severe forms of violence than anyone else. The Yellow House by Paulette Rivait clearly reflects that reality. She reminds us that although this is her story, it might well be one that is repeated time and time again in the lives of young girls and women everywhere. Hers is set in southwestern Ontario. It begins in her childhood. It begins with her father who is raising his family in a “yellow house” in an ordinary neighbourhood. The people around him see him every day as a good natured fellow. But behind the doors of his house another man emerges in the silence and darkness. The narrative work of Paulette Rivait soars with grace as she tells us how she grapples with and finds a way out of this terrible and tragic life. For her there is hope, optimism, a future that is far better than decades of violence.

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