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'Too Afraid to Cry is a memoir that, in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse, gives witness to the human cost of policies that created the Stolen Generations of Indigenous people in Australia.

'It is a narrative of good and evil, terror and happiness, despair and courage. It is the story of a people profoundly wronged, told through the frank eyes of a child, and the troubled mind of that child as an adult, whose life was irretrievably changed by being tricked away from her family and adopted into a German Lutheran family.

'What makes this book sing is not only Ali Cobby-Eckermann’s strong and unique narrative voice and her ability to cut to the essence of things in her poetry, but also the astounding courage with which she leads the reader through the complex account of a life in free-fall and a journey to wholeness through reconnection with her birth family and its ageless culture and wisdom.

'This is a brave book, written by a woman who has faced her demons, transformed her suffering into a work of art, and found her true sitting place in the world.' (Publisher's blurb)

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Notes

  • Author's note:

    This is a poetic memoir

    a story of healing

    not burdened by blame

  • Dedication:

    for the adopted children

    Christopher, James, and Karen,

    and especially Jonnie

  • Author's note:

    My family and Aboriginal persons

    are advised that this story

    contains the names of people

    who have passed away

  • Epigraph:

    You look at me and do not see

    And you shame me

    And I shame myself

    Because I am not nowhere

    I am everywhere in my belonging

    I am still here

    Samia Goudie 'I Am Here' 2011

    Bundjalung/Munaldjali

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Elsternwick, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Ilura Press , 2013 .
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      Extent: 212 p.p.
      Description: port.
      ISBN: 9781921325243 (pbk)

Works about this Work

Ali Cobby Eckermann's Personal Story 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Publishers Weekly , 29 December vol. 265 no. 1 2017;

'In Too Afraid to Cry: Memoir of a Stolen Childhood (Norton, Mar. 2018), Ali Cobby Eckermann, one of the Stolen Generation--the Aboriginal children taken from their birth mothers to be raised in white families--describes in heartbreaking detail the unjust, racist treatment of her people by the Australian government. The book, written in both prose and poetry, came to be only after Eckermann's decades-long search for her Aboriginal family resulted in a transformative reunion with the mother she didn't know and numerous other relatives she didn't know existed. [...]I was out there with family and community members who were saying, 'Ali, you've got to write about this and stick up for us.'' (Publication summary)

Pain of Australia’s ‘Stolen Generation’ Imbues Voice of a Celebrated Poet Charlotte Graham , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The New York Times , 9 September 2017; (p. A6)

'When Ali Cobby Eckermann met her biological mother for the first time at age 34, she did not think her life could be enlarged further, she said. Four years later, in 2001, Ms. Cobby Eckermann was reunited with her son, then 18, who had been taken from her at birth.' (Introduction)

Evoking Former Selves : Ali Cobby Eckermann’s Too Afraid to Cry Sarah St Vincent Welch , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , September 2013;

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
Review : Too Afraid to Cry and An Imaginary Mother: A Memoir Kate Livett , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 73 no. 1 2013;

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography ; An Imaginary Mother Bron Nicholls , 2013 single work autobiography
Sophia Barnes Reviews Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann Sophia Barnes , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 14 2013;

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
Well Read Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 May 2013; (p. 32)

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography ; Boy, Lost : A Family Memoir Kris Olsson , 2013 single work biography
Sparse Memoir of a Stolen Life Stephen Gray , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 June 2013; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
[Review] Too Afraid to Cry Melissa Archer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13-14 July 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
A Survivor's Blunt Tale of Being Lost and Found Thuy On , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 July 2013; (p. 28) The Canberra Times , 20 July 2013; (p. 25)

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
Sophia Barnes Reviews Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann Sophia Barnes , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 14 2013;

— Review of Too Afraid to Cry Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2013 selected work autobiography
Artist Profile: Ali Cobby Eckermann Kate Munro , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Tracker , June vol. 3 no. 2013; (p. 65)
Pain of Australia’s ‘Stolen Generation’ Imbues Voice of a Celebrated Poet Charlotte Graham , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The New York Times , 9 September 2017; (p. A6)

'When Ali Cobby Eckermann met her biological mother for the first time at age 34, she did not think her life could be enlarged further, she said. Four years later, in 2001, Ms. Cobby Eckermann was reunited with her son, then 18, who had been taken from her at birth.' (Introduction)

Ali Cobby Eckermann's Personal Story 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Publishers Weekly , 29 December vol. 265 no. 1 2017;

'In Too Afraid to Cry: Memoir of a Stolen Childhood (Norton, Mar. 2018), Ali Cobby Eckermann, one of the Stolen Generation--the Aboriginal children taken from their birth mothers to be raised in white families--describes in heartbreaking detail the unjust, racist treatment of her people by the Australian government. The book, written in both prose and poetry, came to be only after Eckermann's decades-long search for her Aboriginal family resulted in a transformative reunion with the mother she didn't know and numerous other relatives she didn't know existed. [...]I was out there with family and community members who were saying, 'Ali, you've got to write about this and stick up for us.'' (Publication summary)

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