When I Hit You

Meena Kandasamy

256 pages May 2017 copies in English Original publisher: AtlanticLiterary Fiction

Caught on the hook of love, a young woman marries a dashing university professor. She moves to a rain-washed coastal town to be with him, but behind closed doors, she discovers that her perfect husband is a perfect monster. As he sets about battering her into obedience and devouring her ambitions as a writer, and as her family pressures her to stay in the marriage, she swears to fight back – a resistance that will either kill her or set her free.

Reviews

“Meena Kandasamy’s vivid, sharp and precise writing makes a triumph of When I Hit You.” –The Guardian

“Urgent… it beating heart is a universally recognised quest for freedom and meaning in a world where women are still shockingly undervalued.” –The Financial Times

“Read it as an extended prose poem, a feminist anthem, an experiment with life. But do read it.” –The Daily O

“A searing analysis of an all-too-common predicament.” -Rebecca Rose, The Financial Times ‘Best Books of 2017’

“Searing…I read it in a single sitting.”  -Fatima Bhutto‏

“This book is so so good. One of the best of the year.” -Nikesh Shukla

“Brilliant…Astonishing…By far the best read of the year.” -Women Writers‏

We urge you to read this remarkable book…probably one of the most important and shocking and poetic books of 2017.”  -Readwomen

“Such raw, lyrical reading.” -Sinéad Gleeson, RTE Arena

“A brilliant but brutal punch to the guts.” -Monisha Rajesh

“Courageous and brave and will stay with you for a very long time.” –Stylist

“Fierce and unforgettable.” -Culturefly

“Heartbreaking…it isn’t an easy read, but it is an important one.” -The F-Word

“Fantastic… I finished in one drawn out breath.” -Meenakshi Madhavan‏

“A punch to the gut.” –The Wire

“The best thing I’ve read in 2017. Simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, it’s a work of considerable power.” -The Page is Printed

Awards

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018

The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

Daily Telegraph’s Best Books of 2017

Observer Best Books of 2017

Financial Times Best Books of 2017