Title: Sin, Sushi & Survival
Author: Erla-Mari Diedericks
Imprint: Zebra Press
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770221420 / ISBN 978-1-77022-142-0
Softcover, 13 x 20 cm, 168 pages
I ask for Botox treatment, to get rid of the frown lines on my face, which is the same thing as getting rid of my husband, really. The result of years of fighting, fear and frustration, these lines were hand-chiselled there by my husband. The doctor injects the Botox slowly ...It hurts so much that I nearly kick him in the balls. After three days, my neck is sore and I'm in a bad mood until I look in the mirror. The wrinkles are gone: my husband has been wiped off my face. Well, there you go, I think. Some women start all over again on a new page. I am starting with a blank face. Sin, Sushi & Survival is the book that I needed to write. I paid for this book with my own blood, sweat and tears - and I don't mean the writing of it; I mean the living of it. Who would have thought I would one day write a book about being physically and emotionally abused by the man I loved? That my great achievement would be to share with the world some of my darkest, but also my best, moments? Who would have thought anyone would care?