Read the detailed summary of my debut novel, 13 Lessons From A Morally-Wounded Woman, in this post. You can also access the index of chapters, purchase information, testimonials, information about what’s coming and random bad jokes by me here.
Written by Aarushi Ahluwalia
I wrote a book. I am putting all the information — summary, purchase links, introduction, index — in this post so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to read the book. I really believe I did a good job on this book so I am going to do something I have never done before and request that you read this post to the end even if you don’t want to buy this book. I’ll try to make it funny. The first reviews of the book will be out next week, I cannot wait to share them! Purchase links are at the end of the post.
13 Lessons From A Morally-Wounded Woman by Notion Press.
(My triskaidekaphilia is real as fuck, I am working on too many books designed around a 13-based structure.)
Women’s contemporary fiction.
Structure: First-person narrative, slightly allegorical, marginally unreliable narrator, chapters presented as lessons mentioned in the title, mostly terrible advice.
Index of Chapters: (Including this because the chapters read well as a list and I am hoping to hook you guys using that)
Chapter 1: “The freedom they dispense to you is meant to control you.”
Chapter 2: “The easiest way to get a man to leave is to have sex with him.”
Chapter 3: “If you sell what they want to rob you can live without fear.”
Chapter 4: “You hold all the power when your rapist starts lying to protect your feelings.”
Chapter 5: “If you wish to see the truth of your marriage, end it.”
Chapter 6: “You cannot help people against their will.”
Chapter 7: “Everything is better in the rain.”
Chapter 8: “Delusion always helps when you’re trying to escape who you are.”
Chapter 9: “The sexuality of a person is the fingerprint of their identity and the blueprint to their soul.”
Chapter 10: “The only way to respect your womanhood is to do what you damn well please.”
Chapter 11: “There is a world of happiness to be found within a transaction, you just have to make the right one.”
Chapter 12: “Doing the right thing is easiest when you have no other choice.”
Chapter 13: “There is no shelter for women.”
The lives of two inept social workers are dramatically altered when a group of new inmates arrive at the women’s shelter they run. As the protagonist, a former sex-worker, involves herself in an ill-advised romance and her friend attempts to comprehend the mire of love and divorce, they grapple with the social and political complexity of feminism, activism, sex, marriage and love. The walls of their jaded reality close in on them as they fumble their way through challenges, armed with good intentions and terribly misguided life lessons.
(Here comes the funny I advertised)
Me: “I wrote this in my car.”
My husband: “This is amazing, you are amazing, everything you do is amazing, how did I ever find such an amazing woman?”
(He’s very supportive y’all, it’s like so much that I cannot trust him)
My stepson: “I am sure the book is good, I just don’t know why anyone would want to read about that.”
(He doesn’t quite grasp why I do what I do yet?)
My friend: This caused me to have a panic attack.
(Not sure what to say about that).
My editor: “Of all the people I know, you are most resistant to full-stops.“
(At least her criticism is consistent, and I am consistent too which is why, perfectly in keeping with what is to be expected of me, I am a little proud that I am the most resistant.)
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Closing note because I had more to say:
The thing is, publishing is a very exploitative industry, I have come to realise in the last two years. It thinks of everyone but the writers, and I hate doing this. I think this should not be part of my job. I don’t want to be in the business of promotion, just writing, but unfortunately, I just have to do this. Please help me. If you like my work, tell your friends. Share a review. Give me feedback about my work so I can incorporate it into the books I write in the future. You guys have been great to me, really, it’s been so wonderful to have such support. Thank you. I’m all emotional now.
Now, go buy my book, and read it.
2 thoughts on “13 Lessons From A Morally-Wounded Woman.”
Wow this book looks very interesting. As a young woman myself I can relate to many of these lessons. I have just purchases your book as I love supporting other authors and I’m stoked to read it soon! I’ll be posting the review on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog very soon. 3
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Thank you so much for the support!
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