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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Whisperings in the Blood : A Memoir
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'Lithuania,1913. Haunted by memories of the pogroms, Jacob Frank leaves his village in the hope of a better life, and boards a ship bound for New York. Twenty-five years later, his daughter Bertha sets sail for South Africa to marry a man she has never met, unaware of the tumult that lies ahead. In time, her granddaughter Shelley, following those very steps in reverse, flees the violence of apartheid to live in America, before at last finding home in Australia.

'These immigrant voyages, repeated from one generation to the next, form the heart of this richly layered memoir. Drawing on her grandmother’s diary and letters,Shelley Davidow tells her family’s stories in vivid detail, recounting their experiences of love and loss alongside her own. As she learns about the past,Shelley discovers that her aspirations and fears, her dreams and nightmares,echo those of her forebears as ancestral whisperings in the blood.

'Spanning four continents and one hundred years, this extraordinary book explores the heartache and emotional legacies of those who leave their homelands forever.' (Publication summary)

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  • Other formats: Also large print; sound recording

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Exploring Transgenerational Memory through Metaphor : A Narrative Exploration of the Healing Impact of Writing My Biographical Memoir, Whisperings in the Blood Shelley Davidow , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 8 no. 2 2018;

'Inherited trauma is passed down through generations in a variety of ways. My biographical memoir, Whisperings in the Blood (2016), demonstrates through practice-led research how turning life into art and using metaphor as the vehicle to transmit emotional truth can result in emotional healing across generations. Using a fiction writer’s techniques, I explore the idea of employing intergenerational motifs as extended metaphor in order to grapple with the concept that ancestral wounds can be passed down as ‘whisperings in the blood’, or what I call ‘soul dispositions’. The effect of this practice-led research, which required that I had in-depth discussions with my dying father, my uncle and my dying great-uncle, resulted in the emotional healing of some of these relationships, as well as prompting a new level of empathy and understanding of my relatives, their stories, their parents’ stories. This led to profound insights on the role of shared nonfiction narratives in connecting a writer of memoir to both living and deceased ancestors and effecting degrees of emotional healing across the generations.' (Publication abstract)

Review : Whisperings in the Blood : A Memoir Francesca Sasnaitis , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 57)

— Review of Whisperings in the Blood : A Memoir Shelley Davidow , 2016 single work autobiography
Review : Whisperings in the Blood : A Memoir Francesca Sasnaitis , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 57)

— Review of Whisperings in the Blood : A Memoir Shelley Davidow , 2016 single work autobiography
Exploring Transgenerational Memory through Metaphor : A Narrative Exploration of the Healing Impact of Writing My Biographical Memoir, Whisperings in the Blood Shelley Davidow , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 8 no. 2 2018;

'Inherited trauma is passed down through generations in a variety of ways. My biographical memoir, Whisperings in the Blood (2016), demonstrates through practice-led research how turning life into art and using metaphor as the vehicle to transmit emotional truth can result in emotional healing across generations. Using a fiction writer’s techniques, I explore the idea of employing intergenerational motifs as extended metaphor in order to grapple with the concept that ancestral wounds can be passed down as ‘whisperings in the blood’, or what I call ‘soul dispositions’. The effect of this practice-led research, which required that I had in-depth discussions with my dying father, my uncle and my dying great-uncle, resulted in the emotional healing of some of these relationships, as well as prompting a new level of empathy and understanding of my relatives, their stories, their parents’ stories. This led to profound insights on the role of shared nonfiction narratives in connecting a writer of memoir to both living and deceased ancestors and effecting degrees of emotional healing across the generations.' (Publication abstract)

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