This was the first book I’d read by author Amy Koppelman and I was mesmerized by the very first page. Amy writes in a poetic way that is addicting and beautiful to read.
There are a number of stories entangled within this book, each with it’s own gripping content. The characters are real and have amazing development throughout the story.
The world has more mental illness than it needs and to read a book where you’re in the mind of a women who deals with not only mental illnesses for her job, but has suffered the boomerang effect that it sometimes has on ones family is a beautiful thing. How amazing to read her thoughts and memories on a subject that Dr. Susa (the main character) has tried to hide for so many years after the tragic death of her brother.
This book has old school elements to it as well, including early graffiti artists and the world they often experience. It deals with adoption and the hope and happiness that a child can bring into a world where there wasn’t much without them. It’s about learning to deal with sibling grief and how to eventually let go but never forget.
If you’re a sufferer of depression or have had a suicide of someone close to you this book is a book you will relate too. You get to see the side of depression that so many people choose not to reveal because it’s so difficult. This book has lingered with me since I read it.
It’s a book you definitely don’t want to miss by an author who is very much on her way to the top.
This book would be great for book groups, suicide awareness groups, mental illness advocacy groups and reading groups of all kinds.
I will definitely read anything Amy Koppelman writes, from here on out.
What I Loved:
-The poetic way that Amy mimics the thought process of someone who is grieving. I’ve never read anything like it but totally got it.
-This book has a lot of grief but there is a story within that holds a HUGE story of hope.
What I didn’t Love:
-It’s beautiful and ever though it’s not the type of book I would normally grab off the shelf there isn’t a thing I didn’t love.
What I thought of the Cover:
-The cover is haunting, much like the book and is a great representation of the story within.
Amy is such a great writer and I’m so glad I got to read this book. This story has haunted me in great ways since the day I read it. I understand suicide can tear people apart, I’ve experienced as a teen. A suicide of a friend was the first real vision of ‘death’ I ever had and it affects you so differently than other deaths will. Amy’s description is spot on what I imagine the loss of someone extremely close to you through suicide would be.
This book has some hard to read sections but you’ll never regret reading them. There is hope and there is happiness for the main character. But mostly there is so much about this book that many people who read it will relate with.
Buy it, read it and send Amy a note about how much you loved this book. I promise you won’t regret it.
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About the Author:
Amy Koppelman is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Koppelman and her screenwriting partner adapted I Smile Back for the screen. The film, starring Sarah Silverman, premiered at the 2015 Sundance, Toronoto and Deauville Film Festivals. Amy lives in New York City with her family. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s mental health.
Amy would love to participate in your book club when reading her newest book – Hesitation Wounds.
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