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Personable, accessible, and compelling, South of Forgiveness is an intense and refreshing look at gendered violence, rape culture, personal responsibility, and the effect that patriarchal cultures have on both men and women. Contains mature themes.

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One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do a remarkable thing: fly seven thousand miles to South Africa to confront the man who raped her when she was just sixteen. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey to meet Thordis, wondering whether he is worthy of this milestone.

After exchanging hundreds of searingly honest emails over eight years, Thordis and Tom decided it was time to speak face to face. Coming from opposite sides of the globe, they meet in the middle, in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to violence and the healing power of forgiveness.

South of Forgiveness is an unprecedented collaboration between a survivor and a perpetrator, each equally committed to exploring the darkest moment of their lives. It is a true story about being bent but not broken, facing fear with courage, and finding hope even in the most wounded of places. Personable, accessible, and compelling, South of Forgiveness is an intense and refreshing look at gendered violence, rape culture, personal responsibility, and the effect that patriarchal cultures have on both men and women.

Contains mature themes.

"An essential purchase for women's studies as well as true crime collections." ---Library Journal Starred Review

“The essence of their cause: removing the burden and shame of rape and sexual violence from victim’s shoulders and placing it squarely onto the shoulders of those who commit it the most.” ---The Huffington Post

"[A] genuine, wholehearted attempt to change the conversation around rape and, in time, change the world.” ---Sydney Morning Herald

"Extraordinarily moving . . . Hats off to Elva and Stranger for a brave journey that might well change lives." ---The Sunday Times

South of Forgiveness reads like group therapy: deep pain is unearthed and examined like a jewel beneath a light." ---Weekend Australian
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South of Forgiveness

A True Story of Rape and Responsibility

Author Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Tom Bromhead

Publication date Aug 8, 2017

Running time 10 hrs

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