My Shack tells Lynn Kerchhoff’s story of growing up on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa with all its accompanying malfunctions.
This autobiographical text is about more than sexual assault. It offers a glimpse into the banality of violence in South Africa’s suburbs, the complexities of intimacy among family members and the contradictory emotions that accompany rites of passage for women: from puberty, to marriage and mothering. Finally, Lynn tells the story of what it means to work through one’s past trauma, whilst growing in one’s sense of self and faith. It is truly, as the subtitle suggests, a story of hope.