We are a family of addicts. Of overachievers. Of failures that we have given birth to and nursed and smothered. We are selfish, disillusioned passers-of-the-buck-constantly-hungry-Greeks. We are racists and homophobes. We thrive on chaos. We feel inadequate. We are vain. We hold tight to the belief that we are meant to struggle. We have a sense of entitlement. We are liars.— Extract from Things even González can't Fix, Christy Chilimigras:
For author Christy Chilimagras, growing up in Johannesburg surrounded by crack and chaos was nothing noteworthy, it was simply the reality of childhood.
In her debut memoir, Things even González can’t Fix, Chilimagras details with searing honesty, the horrors of her formative years and adolescence as part of a deeply wounded and dysfunctional family.
Raised by two addict parents, young Christy often finds herself accompanying her crack-addicted father to the streets of Hillbrow on drug excursions and fending off his frequent attempts to sexualise her.
I consider what type of man cares more for himself and a crack pipe than his wife with a growing belly, a baby, a toddler. People tell me – and continue to tell me for the rest of my life – that addiction is a disease.— Extract from Things even González can't Fix, Christy Chilimigras:
Chilimagras spoke to Cape Talk's Sara-Jayne King ahead of the book launch on Thursday.
I was exposed to so much so young, My father was mentally prepping me for sex from the time I was six.— Christy Chilimigras, author Things even González can't Fix
It almost felt harder to speak about the covert stuff, the acts of abuse that weren't physical, because as a victim you're so scared that no-one is going to believe you or take you seriously.— Christy Chilimigras, author Things even González can't Fix
Things even González can't Fix launches at Love Books in Melville on Thursday 7 June at 18:00
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Listen to the full interview with author Christy Chilimigras: