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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    A moving and exquisite memoir

    I read this straight through almost without stopping. It's beautifully written and is both sad and funny in parts. The author describes her reaction to the tragic deaths of her parents when she was 19 and sticks to this theme, even when it means jumping ahead by many years to show how she later resolved her feelings. Most of the book takes place during the three years when she lived and worked in Spain after the accident that killed her parents. This part is vivid and pulls you right into the time and place. You get the sense of a young woman trying to grow up but also letting loose with wild and reckless behavior while very lonely and sad underneath. There are great stories, some quite funny, about the people she got to know as well as subtle moments that show how bereft she felt, even though she wasn't yet ready to acknowledge the loss. This is a very true description of how we react to sudden loss, particularly when we are young. In the later parts of the book, she describes gradually coming to terms with the event and goes to visit the graves of her parents. Finally, in the last chapter, she really tackles it head on. This chapter is one of the most true and moving pieces of writing I've ever read. read.

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