Guyanese writer tackles sexual abuse in debut novel

A childhood dream of being a writer has now become a reality for Julia Kanhai, who recently published her first novel Backslider.

The novel traces the story of a pastor’s daughter who tries to assert her independence especially in her personal life. On her first date she is drugged by a serial rapist who poses as a Christian bachelor. In a quest for revenge she commits a few crimes but eventually decides between drowning in her pain and resurfacing to face her God.

The book vividly describes the trauma, denial, depression and doubts a  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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