Joan Smith

The Born Identity

In the Darkroom

By Susan Faludi

William Collins 415pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

In 2004, the American author Susan Faludi received an email from her father, a retired commercial photographer. They had had little contact for the past quarter-century and Steven Faludi had been living in Hungary, the country of his birth, for several years. Their separation, however, was not the cause of the long estrangement between Faludi, a well-known feminist, and her 76-year-old parent. She records matter-of-factly in this harrowing book that her father was a violent abuser, who almost killed his wife’s new boyfriend after their marriage ended in 1977. 

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