Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday.
Some of the issues affecting the Ugandan society include; gender gaps which writer Victoria Abigail Atukunda exposes in her thrilling book: “THE EDGE”.
The Edge is based on a true-life story of Jeanine, who was defiled at six, raped and married at sixteen.
She has to face life as an adult although still a minor.
Confronted with the reality of an early maturity, adolescence is suppressed only to surface at the wrong time, the wrong situation with a brutal vitality.
Will she survive it? Will her marriage survive it? What about little Julie the offspring of that cruel night?
Follow the gripping story of Jeanine and her husband Hillary, and join the emotional roller coaster until they believe it’s too late….or is it?
Jeanine has to undergo various counselling sessions to recover from trauma and manages to recover her lost life.
Copies of the book can be found at Aristoc booklet Kampala, Uganda bookshop Kampala, Makerere bookshop Kampala, Adit bookshop Mbarara and Rubanda FM Office Kabale.
A copy of the book is sold at Shs25, 000.
Atukunda’s journey as an author began in 2010 when she started writing her first novel, White Mist, a love story which she used to test the market.
Abigail told Daily Monitor in 2012, she had heard so much about the poor reading culture among Ugandans, so she decided to start by printing 1,000 copies of the novel.
Her story is modelled on a 40-year-old woman who was just transitioning from being a teenager to an adult [still living a teenage lifestyle].
Atukunda’s protagonist was married because she was forced to get married.
She was raped at the age of six by a person she trusted- her uncle and as she tried to outgrow the torturous experience, she got raped again, by the man who married her.
She was forced into marriage at 16, missing her teenage life that she later on craved for.
“I decided that one day, when I am able, I would translate that story into a book. It is now about 10 years later,” the author told Monitor.
The book’s title is representative of the content of the book and the story presented therein, capitalising on the sentiments of the woman- the pain she was going through that pushed her to the edge of desperation.
The Edge also takes you into the life and mind of the woman’s husband who loves her, but has accepted and regrets the sin he committed.
Living the guilt and his actions as he struggles with these emotions portray a man living on the edge, almost to madness.