In her tenth book and first work of non-fiction, Tara Moss blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life – from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work – and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood and bodily autonomy, sexual violence, body image, and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media.
Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss’s own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.
Winner of The Hoopla‘s 2014 ‘The Female Eunuch Award’ – ‘The Fictional Woman – personal and polemical, it was backed up with statistics and clear-eyed analysis throughout.’
‘The Fictional Woman has really opened my eyes. I continue to view the world differently… Everyone would benefit from reading this book. I couldn’t put it down!’ – Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year, family violence campaigner.
‘A remarkable book – the kind that rewires your brain and its preconceptions in the best way possible. Intelligent, riveting and invigorating.’ – Benjamin Law, author and journalist.