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The Queen of Peace Room

The Queen of Peace Room

By Magie Dominic
Subjects Biography & Autobiography, History, Religion, Social Science, Women’s Studies, Life Writing
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9780889204171, 128 pages, September 2002
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554586691, 128 pages, October 2009

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
The Queen of Peace Room by Magie Dominic

Acknowledgments

Liturgy of the Hours

 

Introduction

Chapter 1: Friday, Midnight

Chapter 2: Saturday Morning

Chapter 3: Sunday, 7 a.m.

Chapter 4: Monday, 6 a.m.

Chapter 5: Tuesday, Dawn

Chapter 6: Wednesday, Pre-dawn

Chapter 7: Thursday, 9 a.m.

Chapter 8: Friday. Rain

Epilogue

 

Works Cited

Afterword: Reading The Queen of Peace Room As Witness: An Ethics of Encounter | Sharon Rosenberg

Selected Texts of Related Interest (Canadian emphasis)

Description

What is memory, and where is it stored in the body? Can a room be symbolic of a lifetime?

Memories are like layers of your skin or layers of paint on a canvas. In The Queen of Peace Room, Magie Dominic peels away these layers as she explores her life, that of a Newfoundlander turned New Yorker, an artist and a writer — and frees herself from the memories of her violent past.

On an eight-day retreat with Catholic nuns in a remote location safe from the outside world, she exposes, and captures, fifty years of violent memories and weaves them into a tapestry of unforgettable images. The room she inhabits while there is called The Queen of Peace Room; it becomes, for her, a room of sanctuary. She examines Newfoundland in the 1940s and 1950s and New York in the 1960s; her confrontations with violence, incest, and rape; the devastating loss of friends to AIDS; and the relationship between life and art. These memories she finds stored alongside memories of nature’s images of trees pulling themselves up from their roots and fleeing the forest; storms and ley lines, and skies bursting with star-like eyes.

In The Queen of Peace Room, from a very personal perspective, Magie Dominic explores violence against women in the second half of the twentieth century, and in doing so unearths the memory of a generation. In eight days, she captures half a century.

Awards

  • Short-listed, Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction 2003
  • Short-listed, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year in Autobiography 2002
  • Short-listed, Canadian Women's Studies Association 2002 Book Award 2002

Reviews

"Despite the sometimes horrifying subject matter, Dominic's writing skill provides a balm which lifts this memoire into the extraordinary."

- Dione M. Coumbe

"In The Queen of Peace Room, Magie Dominic puts her guts on every page without being mawkish, with sentiment, but without sentimentality. You'll love this book."

- Donald Frost, editor-in-chief, The Village Voice

"It is her refreshing refusal to simply confess and forget...and her determination to construct a future from the painful shards of her past, that make The Queen of Peace Room such an original, instructive, and powerful book."

- Thomas Haley, Rain Taxi, Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 2003

"The Queen of Peace Room is a courageous and spiritual book. It is both searing and lyrical, infused with Dominic's hope and hard-won trust in herself. It is a passionate search for the means and a safe context that will enable her to tell the truth: the painful and long-denied truth hidden beneath the more public layers of persona. The Queen of Peace Room is an eloquent chronicle of the struggles of Magie Dominic's journey through a lifetime of memories."

- Elly Danica, author of Don't: A Woman's Word