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From Barnes & NobleWhat's it like to face a devastating blow at 12 years old? Greenfield opens a window into the mixture of thoughts and feelings such an experience provokes in her candid, evocative memoir. Days before summer vacation, the Greenfield family was finishing up a wonderful evening. Beth had just performed in her annual ballet recital and they'd celebrated over ice cream with Kristin, her best friend. Coming home, their car was hit by a drunk driver. Greenfield and her parents — though injured — survived, but her adopted younger brother and Kristin were killed. In an instant, everything about Greenfield's childhood — and her future — was changed.
Ten Minutes from Home takes readers through the aftermath of the accident, as Greenfield digs deeply into her childhood psyche, describing her conflicted feelings. She hated the attention she received, not because others liked her but because they felt sorry for her; and she resented that she couldn't finish the school year like the rest of her classmates.
Greenfield's book is proof positive that time does heal us, though imperfectly. Anchored with such cultural markers as Girl Scout uniforms, TV shows from the '70s and '80s, feathered hair, and flights on Eastern Airlines, Ten Minutes from Home rings true as the author reminds us that, even damaged, we go on with our lives.
"This is a book filled with heart. A courageous book. A necessary book."
— Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals