Detailing Barbra Leslie's search for release from the self-contempt she felt after being sexually abused at the age of five and her shocking guilt following a backyard abortion at age 19, this autobiography reveals an artist finally at peace with herself. Leslie dicusses how she has become one of few Autralian painters able to earn a living from her art and reflects on her period of rebelliousness as an art student in the late 1950s and early 1960s. More than just an autobiography, Dear Merilyn is also an Australian family saga conveyed with fearless honesty, as the events described are by turns shocking, frightening, funny, and heartwarming.
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