Once Were Warriors follows one family's undoing due to poverty, an uncaring bureaucracy, and and overpowering male-dominated society. One woman stands against the system, frees her family from the cycle of violence, and embraces the value of becoming someone whose mind is their weapon, not their fists, not their gun, nor their threats.
1984. Reading science fiction after the time in which the book is set can be a funny or painful experience, but not in this case, apart from a quaint reference to a microphone being too big to hide in a field... Otherwise this book becomes more and more relevant every time I read it... every couple of years since i was 14.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks