Mira Tierney is growing up in the 1980's, but her conservative, religious parents mentally still live in the 1950's. She has an older brother with a learning disability who gets the lion's share of their parents' time and attention. As a girl, Mira is trained to minimize her accomplishments to protect her brother's self-esteem. As the "normal kid" with no special needs, she is supposed to be her brother's keeper. As her mother’s daughter, she is expected to learn to do without. This memoir explores Tierney’s search for belonging, her need for control in a world that doesn’t give her room to make her own decisions, her discomfort with her body and sexuality due to an early molestation, her parents’ inability to acknowledge her growing problems with depression, and the eating disorder that forms as a result of these experiences. Readers will follow her into treatment where they gain insight into why some girls starve themselves, and the issues that must be addressed to recover. For anyone who has ever struggled to feel comfortable in their own skin, or for anyone who has battled the desire to self-destruct, The Smaller Share will resonate. “Mira Tierney is an excellent writer, with a moving, powerful story here—one that I think will touch many readers who grew up in similar circumstances, or who have struggled with similar issues. She writes of needs denied and emotions suppressed, of yearning for a place to belong, of turning against your own body in an effort to achieve some sort of control in your life, of feeling your way toward being your authentic self, and so much more.” -- Krissa Lagos, She Writes Press
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About the Author
Mira Tierney's first writing was done in her diary, where she would discuss her life and review books. As a young teen, she began writing poetry, then finished a one-act play about a girl with an eating disorder at the end of high school. In college, she alternated between writing autobiographical fiction, poetry and journalistic articles for student newspapers. Although she got a writing degree, she spent several years earning a living by teaching. In graduate school, she met several writers who made her question whether she wanted to write more or teach more. The Smaller Share is her first book. It chronicles her coming of age in the religious, conservative middle of the United States in the 1970s and 80s. Female identity is one of the main themes her work explores. Connect with her by visiting www.miratierney.com.