Christy Chilimigras is 24 years old. She was born in Johannesburg in 1993, a city that’s been her entire universe ever since. After matriculating from Hyde Park High School in 2011, she went on to serve many a cocktail as a waitress in one of the city’s busiest bars in Greenside while studying Landscape Design and Horticulture.

At 22, she was selected for an editorial internship at Cosmopolitan magazine, after which she became the full-time content manager for the magazine’s sex-only microsite, COSMO After Dark. She left her full-time position in 2017 and now freelances as a sex & relationships writer for Cosmo and Essays of Africa magazine. Things even González can’t Fix is her debut memoir. It can also read as a novel. “It was quite simply a story that my cells insisted I tell. It’s a little bit uncomfy, a teensy bit sexy, hopefully a bit illuminating on covert sexual abuse that often flies well below the radar within families, and a curious look at what growing up in homes drenched in excess will do to a child.”

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