Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka


A contemporary retelling of traditional Māori folklore.

Kurangaituku is the story of Hatupatu told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman. The traditional story is told from the view of Hatupatu. He is out hunting and is captured by the bird woman who imprisons him in her cave in the mountains. Hatupatu eventually escapes, though he is pursued by Kurangaituku and evades her by leaping over hot springs. Kurangaituku falls into them and perishes.

In this contemporary retelling, Kurangaituku’s life is giving more meaning that of just being a monster. We learn about the birds who sang her into being, her life with Hatupatu, her death and her subsequent wanderings through the underworld searching for justice. Through the eyes of Kurangaituku, we come to see how being with Hatupatu changed her, emotionally and in her outlook and behaviours, and how devastating their separation is.

The book is split into three parts, with two sections printed tete-beche (upside down from one another). One, starting at the light coloured cover, tells the story of the bird-woman as she lived with Hatupatu. The story which starts from the dark coloured cover tells the story of Kurangaituku in the underworld. The middle section is told twice, each version upside down from the other, and is the traditional retelling for those who were not familiar with it.

The love shown to language and story telling allows the reader to feast on the phrasing and to devour the story, just as Kurangaituku devours life.

I was a creature trapped somewhere between bird and Song Maker. My face was covered in the same pale skin as my chest. The feathers on my head started high on my forehead, mimicking the hairlines of my Song Maker creators. I kept the beak of the kōtuku bu the position of my eyes had changed. Was I hideous or beautiful? I had never asked myself that before, but now I couldn’t stop the thought. Until that moment I suppose I had no ego. At least no idea that my curiosity ought to be focused on myself.

❝ This novel was raw, visceral and beautiful. Partway through I started crying and didn’t know why as it wasn’t a ‘sad’ part – it is just so beautifully written and is gut punch after gut punch. The language felt poetic throughout. 

I felt weirdly unworthy of being an ‘observer’ of such a momentous and massive storyline. What right did I have to be enmeshed within these events?

I found it hard going. My capacity for the understanding of the reverse stories was limited and at times I felt like the cleverness was beyond me. I guess I need to feel like a book is within my reach and this was a barrier to me fully immersing myself within it. I need to attempt it a second time where I can give it undivided attention. I would be unsurprised if Kurangaituku won! It is stunning. – Suzy

❝ Novels based on folklore can be difficult to like if you’re not familiar with the history. And while, yes, knowing the story of Kurangaituku and Hatupatu helps with this book, you can just as equally love it for the unique contemporary character created by Hereaka.

Her examination of identity and understanding of those who are different is strong. Kurangaituku is half woman, half bird searching for acceptance and love. She is fallible but reasoned, not simply the monster the original fable makes her out to be.

What’s more important than the plot though, is the mellifluous writing style Hereaka possesses. Though I didn’t always understand how all the parts of the plot came together, I was captured by how beautifully the book was written and how as a reader we were encouraged to feel a part of the story telling. This is clearly an important book about NZ history and modern explorations of identity and as such I can see it being relevant for a long time. – Rachel


Published 2021
Huia Publishers
350 pages

Crossroads – Jonathan Franzen


Chosen by Suzy

All members of a clergy family find themselves at a crossroads of life

❝ The Hilderbrandts are a clery family from New Prospect, Illinois. The minister father heads a youth group named Crossroads, yet this reference also pertains to all the members of the Hilderbrandt family, who are all in a quandary of sorts and making important decisions that will influence their futures.

Russ and Marion each have reasons to end their joyless marriage which they are exploring. Russ is attracted to a woman in the parish. Marion is hiding a dark past which is coming back to mentally and emotionally plague her. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college, having taken an action that he knows will upset his father. Becky, the social queen of her high-school class, is questioning her faith and her relationships, while Perry has been selling drugs to seventh graders but resolves to be a better person.

The use of religion and belief as a central theme allows Franzen the opportunity to explore the ways in which faith assumes varying forms, and the distinct ways in which people use religion to justify, explain or gain moral superiority over others. All of the five Hilderbrandts have different expectations and outcomes from their religiosity. Their faith, their actions, and their opinions show an accurate level of humanness and the wide gambit of religious interpretation that exists.

Your father doesn’t look to our Saviour but to what other men think of him. He preaches love but holds a grudge like no man’s business.

❝ This was an absolutely mammoth read and I was hoping with all my heart it would also be a good read, as the thought of tackling something that size and not enjoying it was almost overwhelming! Franzen more than delivered and I found Crossroads engaging from the very first paragraph to the last. Discovering this was the first of a trilogy was exciting and I look forward to hearing about what happens to the Hildebrandt family as they move through the years. – Suzy

❝ From the outset it is clear the characterisation performed by Franzen is extensive. I got a real sense that I knew these people and understood why they behaved as they did. Even the characters that were quite annoying I still found generally likeable due to their completeness. I liked the threading of religious faith through the book as it gave me an insight into the many variations around religious interpretation. Overall, a great story that I found easy to read.  – Jo

❝ As usual Franzen has mastered genuine depictions of ordinary people, accurately bringing to life characters of all ages and identities. This masterful creativity was the highlight of the book for me. I also enjoyed examining religion as a societal convention from the aspect of many different people’s belief systems. And a 70s rebellion/drugs/sex/rock’n’roll theme is always fun. I liked and enjoyed this book, but it didn’t knock my socks off like some of Franzen’s other works have. – Rachel

Crossroads was a novel I was drawn into from the start. It wasn’t the plot or content but the characters that had me absorbed. Frazen is very clever at developing the five family members, around whom the novel is centred. He paints a realistic picture of their lives falling apart within a very religious mid-western community. The strong religious belief of the family and community was quite eye opening and fascinated me as its something I know little about. The family and community were on the edge of crises throughout the novel, which was a a huge page turner. – Jodie


Published 2021
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
580 pages

Entanglement – Bryan Walpert


A time traveller attempts to return to the right point of his past to correct a mistake

❝Time and perspective are indeed entangled in this novel. Paul’s actions and recollections are scattered throughout the book, reported in three different narratives, themselves performing the art of time displacement.

The first begins in 2011 with a story, told in reverse, of Paul’s marriage to a Kiwi philosopher, his experiences as a father, and his time spent researching a novel at the Centre for Time in Sydney.

The second is a record of his time at a writer’s retreat in the South Island in 2019 where he uses narrative prompts to explore the disintegration of his marriage and the tragedies that have earmarked turning points in his life.

The third has no date afforded it, but records his experiences as a time traveller attempting to return to 1977 to correct one of the tragedies.

The philosophical novel introduces a vast range of topics, from quantum theory to good old-fashioned romance. The protagonist’s research into time provides a viability to the time travel which monopolises his life. However the book’s premise is really around grief and and to what levels we will go to for atonement.

Try to anchor yourself in the moment that you apparently have chosen as your present. The older man at the counters reads the classifieds, holds a pen in his hand, circles ads from time to time. The young couple holds hands across the table. These are the things a time traveller knows and things he does not know but the hardest is knowing all the things you should know, will know however much time from now.

❝ Entanglement is a kind of scientific fiction. It is both academic and exhilarating, for Walpert presents intellectual subjects in a format that is understandable for the layperson and which enhances the fiction reading experience. It did take me a bit to realise how the three narratives wove together but I did appreciate Walpert’s ability to showcase the philosophy of time in more ways than one, and to provide an indepth study of the protagonist’s emotions. The Writer’s Retreat passages were particularly moving, with Paul using a prompt to delve directly into telling moments of his past, all of which helped explain the other narratives. – Rachel

❝ Although I enjoyed the storyline being gently teased out over the pages I felt a need (ironically in a time-travel novel) for it to be propelled a bit further and faster. I really only felt the storyline building towards the end. I think feeling at odds with the pace was a reflection of me rather than the author as I’d just started a new job and with that busyness in my head I needed something a bit more concrete like A Good Winter. Overall though it was a lovely read – gut-wrenching and so well meshed together. It’s only now that I’ve finished that I’m reflecting on its cleverness and appreciating it more and more. – Suzy


Published 2021
Makaro Press
268 pages

Greta & Valdin – Rebecca K Reilly


Gay, Maori/Russian siblings seek love, life and understanding from the contemporary world

❝ Greta and Valdin are brother and sister, both gay, with mixed heritages and living together in Auckland attempting to navigate life and all its triumphs and tribulations. Greta is a student/English tutor with a misguided crush on friend and colleague Holly. Valdin is a television presenter still in love with his ex, Xabi. They are both anxious and curious with a strong sense of self-awareness, examining their own actions and keeping each other and all the members of their family honest.

The book studies the social behaviours of people, not just in romantic and familial settings but also in regards to sexuality, ethnicity and mental health. These behaviours are built into the story so deftly they don’t feel moralistic, but do softly alert the reader, with a cringeworthy humour, about misconceptions and misguided comments that feature far too often in our lives and have a bigger impact than some realise: for example Valdin is asked to lead a karakia because he’s “the Maori one”; most people don’t even try to pronounce their long Russian surname (Vladisavljevic); others presume Greta is bixsexual rather than gay because she is pretty and cares about her looks.

Setting is also given prominence, with many landmarks and recognisable features in Auckland and at Auckland University referenced – even the winking Santa on the Farmers building gets a mention.

I keep walking until I get to one of my favourite cafés, all full of normal morning people not humiliating themselves, then I walk into the liquor store next door, where I stand in the beer fridge until the man from behind the counter comes to check that I haven’t died.

❝ Both Greta and Valdin and all their family members are well built characters. Everyone has an interesting habit or relationship or identity and everyone is memorable, which I often find is not the case in large family sagas. The book is full of people and brimming with personality and activity. I felt like I was a part of the family involved in all the dramas and gossip and joys.

What I loved most about this book was it felt very much like a New Zealand book, one that represented a large cross-section of people who call themselves Kiwis, and which laid out in black and white our values, actions and thoughts (both good and bad) as a nation of people. – Rachel

❝ I loved the chaotic, loving energy of Greta & Valdin and while my age is more aligned with their parents I enjoyed living vicariously through twenty-somethings trying to live their best lives in the 2020s. This book was genuinely funny and I laughed out loud a few times which let’s be fair is pretty rare when watching a hilarious TV series let alone reading a book.

Maybe, just maybe, things were tied up a little too tidily at the end, but in saying that there was still a good zinger or two there keeping me on my toes. I feel like the word ‘rollicking’ is a bit too much of a cliché, but there you go it was a rollicking read and I bloody loved it! – Suzy


Published 2020
Victoria University Press
352 pages

The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera


Chosen by Jo

A man studies his grandmother, the matriarch of the family, to discover the source of her power

❝ Tama Mahana is a grown man analysing the mystique and ambition of his grandmother, the matriarch of his family. But to truely appreciate the paths she has taken, he must study Māori mythology and New Zealand history.

Tama is introduced at the beginning but is really only one thread of the book that holds together the various true stories of cultural clashes, wakapapa, and politics of the country and its people. It is clear the novel is steeped in true history.

All truth is fiction, really, for the teller tells it as he sees it, and it might be different from some other teller.

❝ This book weaves a fictional story together with historic Māori figures and their plights which provides the reader with some education around many issues of the Māori and Pākehā history. I learnt more about why land is so important and significant to Māori and the devastation that colonisation has caused. I never appreciated the extent of their spiritual connection to the land.

My favourite parts of the book however were the fictional parts. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between characters and the bantering between Tama and his sisters. Ihimaera seems very skilled at bringing his characters to life; they certainly seemed like realistic people to me. – Jo

❝ An absolute masterpiece of a book. Honestly at times it was a bit of a slog to get through, but on reflection during our bookclub discussions I wondered was this because I was putting my Pākehā lens onto what was a Māori story? A challenging reflection.

The hour by hour account of the Te Kooti attack on the colonising European settlers on the East Coast was one of the most gripping passages of writing I think I have ever read. It will stick with me for a very, very long time.

I look forward to reading the follow-up novel The Dream Swimmer where hopefully we will learn more about the impact of the matriarch’s devotion to Tama. I am desperately hoping the outcomes will be only positive for his whānau. – Suzy

❝ It’s been a long time since I have reflected on NZ’s History. Witi Ihimaera’s The Matriarch gives us a mix of historical facts, fiction and mythology from our past which I found fascinating. It wasn’t until the end of the novel I could see the importance of the historical facts that seemed very long and arduous at times. Although the matriarch and other characters were fictional I felt I had a glimpse into what life was like in a traditional Māori family of the time.  – Jodie

❝ The retelling of colonial wars and land grabs can be a controversial topic. I think what Ihimaera has done in The Matriarch is effective as rather than be moralistic, he has portrayed the truth of the brutalities from both sides. Plus he has etched into the reader’s mind the importance of connections to the land, of spirituality and of histories, which provides context to the outcomes that eventuated for Māori. There are parts of the book that are long and arduous, others that are lively and full of dialogue, but many which are grounded in truth. For a real understanding of NZ history it is worth reading this book slowly and carefully. – Rachel


Published 1986
456 pages

A Good Winter – Gigi Fenster


Olga becomes obsessed with a friend’s family under the guise of helping out during a crisis

❝  Olga is an older woman who has taken on the role of carer to her friend Lara, Lara’s grieving daughter Sophie and Sophie’s child Michael. The family are extremely grateful for – what appears to be – her selfless assistance.

Olga takes it upon herself to not only care for the baby, but to construct the family’s schedule and ensure it is adhered to, to monitor visitors she judges a bad influence and to scold the local gossips.

However, we the reader, get another version of the truth via Olga’s monologue narration in this psychological character study. From the outset we are privy to her thoughts and justifications which demonstrate a worsening case of obsession and create a real sense of unease.

Alongside the story of Olga and Lara’s family is the story of Olga’s own family, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, and her alienation from her brother and father.

However, Olga is clearly not a reliable source of information, and the reader is left to navigate her variations of acceptable behaviour and wandering truths as she narrates the stories of her past and her present.

Sometimes I’d feel like I was in one of those arcade games that kids like. Where there’s a queen who needs to be protected from killer insects.

❝  The characterisation of Olga in A Good Winter is addictive. Though the only character who receives this indepth treatment and despite nearly everything that she tells us being negative, unhinged or really annoying, the book and the story is not at all depressing to read. Instead I found it enthralling to discover what depths her over-active imagination would go to next. I imagined myself as one of the characters, rolling my eyes behind Olga’s back after another outburst about inane things like when and how to replace light bulbs.

The spiralling of Olga’s neuroses and the sense of impending doom are nicely built. We know there’s going to be some kind of crises as a result but what exactly that was going to be kept me guessing. – Rachel

❝ I polished this book off in a day and in the times I wasn’t reading it, it was all I could think about it. The obsessive and compulsive nature of the storyline felt like it had transferred into my real life and I was all for it, although I will put a less concerning spin on it and say that I was very engaged.

If the other Ockham shortlisters are of this calibre then I have some absolutely stunning reads ahead of me.

The author expertly leads readers through this novel with an assumption that not everything has to be completely spelled out and it was absolutely appreciated. My only disappointment with this book is by skimming the blurb on the back and reading the endorsement on the front there was more storyline given away than I would have liked, so I would definitely recommend just diving straight in.

One thing I am kind of happy to be left wondering about though is whether the awful main character was slightly relatable to everyone or just me? – Suzy


Published 2021
Text Publishing
260 pages

From The Centre: A Writer’s Life – Patricia Grace


The memoir of writer Patricia Grace

❝Patricia Grace is a stalwart of New Zealand literature and someone whose work I have read a lot of and deeply admired. So her memoir was always going to be a hit for me.

Through this memoir, not only did I get to re-live the books I’ve enjoyed and discover more about how they came to be, I also learnt more about Grace herself. In particular how she has been a staunch advocate of equal treatment for all, and of morals in literature. She relays these hurdles with humility and grace and allows the reader to form their own opinions on the events that make up her past.

We learn that as a primary school teacher, Grace moved about the country, working in many small, rural settings. From here her desire to write traditional stories for children was harnessed. Yet not only was she happy to have been published, she insisted on Te Reo versions too, refused to add glossaries of the Reo words in the English versions and challenged the damaging stereotypes of Māori she found in other published works. This memoir demonstrates how much time and effort she spent in normalising the use of Te Reo Māori in literature and shows we have so much to be grateful to her for. Who knows where the acceptance of Reo in fiction would be now if it wasn’t for her standing up for it all those decades ago.

The book is not just about a writer. It is about a woman. And a Māori person. As expected, 80 years lived as all of these things is going to incite many anecdotes that range across the spectrum of emotion. The racism inherent in New Zealand back when Grace was a young woman was at its worst and she relays this, emphasising how it was wrong, yet analysing it so it becomes a learning experience which we can all take from as we hope and strive for better.

The book has beautiful photographs and quotes from her books, too, which reinforce her connection to the language, the land and the people for whom she wrote.

An important book that is much about our history as it is about hers. – Rachel


Published 2021
305 books

Boys Don’t Cry – Fiona Scarlett


Chosen by Jodie

Two brothers in a Dublin tower block battle illness, crime and poverty

❝ Joe is 17, a gifted artist and older brother to 12-year-old Finn. They live with their Ma and Da in a Dublin tower block dealing with all the markers of an underprivileged Irish childhood. However poverty is only one of the predicaments the brothers face in this YA novel.

Their father works for a local gang leader and sometimes brings the violence home to his family. The lure of crime both disgusts and temps his older son.

Then Finn receives a shock diagnosis, testing the family’s ability to cope. Joe is Finn’s rock and struggles to work out how he will support Finn without becoming what many expect him to become. it is fitting that both Joe and Finn are provided a narration duality offering the stories of innocence and injustice and well as those of protection and needs must.

It’s always worse in the dark. The shadows. The echoing noises of misery. The smells smothering you from all angles. The fear of not knowing what you’re going to meet on the stairwell. 

❝ I found myself fully immersed in this debut novel by Fiona Scarlett. The dual narrative was a short read that showed us the true spirit of brotherly love. Joe, the older brother, struggled with his own ethics and young Finn struggled coming to terms with his impending mortality. The novel about sibling love, illness, grief and toxic masculinity had the voice of real people which was probably a result of Fiona Scarlett’s experience as a teacher and her extensive research of gang crimes in Dublin. An emotional read that will have you captivated and probably make you shed some tears too! – Jodie

❝ The author successfully conveyed the setting of this novel and her description of the Dublin tower block was evocative and compelling. I also enjoyed following Joe’s story and his ups and downs. Drawbacks for me were the unconvincing characterisation of 12-year-old Finn who felt more like he should have been 7 or 8 years old. I think 12-year-olds are actually pretty savvy. Also there was a massive leap towards the end of the book that made me wonder whether a few pages had been left out from my copy. I am happy to accept though that this is more a reflection on me than the author! – Suzy

Boys Don’t Cry deals with tough subject matters and does so in a raw and emotional manner, with gritty, realistic characters. This book captured me from the start. I even cried at the end, even though it had already been revealed what was going to happen to one particularly character. My only bug bear was in the characterisation of Finn. He seemed somewhat inauthentic with a naivety that didn’t ring true to me considering the environment of fear and poverty that he was growing up in. But overall it was a heartfelt story that I really enjoyed. – Jo

❝ There are certain attributes that appeal to a YA audience and I think Boys Don’t Cry hits the mark with its focuses: a troubled teen, a path to redemption vs the wrong side of the tracks, strong familial ties and a loss to emphasise that it’s okay to express emotion. The expected inevitability, of Finn’s illness and Joe’s future, highlights prejudice and class divides that many live with every day, but it is offset by a glimmer of hope as a promise of what can eventuate with support and good role models. It is an emotional book to read, whatever your age, and packs a lot of punch into a minimum of words. – Rachel


Published 2021
Faber Faber
256 pages

Sophie’s Choice – William Styron


Chosen by Rachel

An aspiring novelist is captivated by a Holocaust survivor and her unpredictable boyfriend

❝ Stingo is a Southern young man aspiring to be a novelist and living off the income from his grandmother’s controversial sale of slaves many years’ prior.

He moves to New York and there meets Sophie, an Aushwitz survivor and her biochemist boyfriend Nathan who both enchants and infuriates our protagonist. The relationship between the trio is intense and sometimes maddening, with Stingo playing an active part in the emotional aspect of his friends’ courtship.

The current day drama is broken up by Sophie’s extended recollections of the war and her 20 months spent in one of German’s most notorious concentration camps. By making Sophie Polish, the author demonstrates how the Holocaust was a crime against humanity, not only Jewish people.

Despite her already extended suffering, Sophie’s boyfriend likes to, among other heinous things, question her about what she had to do to survive Aushwitz when others did not. Taking the role of Sophie’s newest oppressor, he ensures her state of victimhood and unnatural dependance on him remain.

The author does not use overt horror to ram home his story, rather a snippet told in the briefest of words is often the hardest to read. Characters are convincing, portraying the full spectrum of humanity, from guards evil to those reluctant to hurt; from prisoners who suffered immensely to those who gave up their best friend for an extra crust of bread.

The story of ill-treatment is replicated in other pages of the book by Sophie’s disturbed boyfriend and to a certain degree by Stingo who, as sympathetic and likeable as he seemed, still exhibited a lack of objectivity and a domination of women which unfortunately was common at this post-war time. This is seen right down to the very pages themselves in which Stingo is possessing Sophie by writing about her.

“Those strange creepy people, all picking at their little… scabs,” she had complained to me when Nathan was not around. “I hate this type of”—and here I thought she used a lovely gem of a phrase—”unearned unhappiness!”

❝ There are many good Holocaust novels but for me, Sophie’s Choice is unrivalled. Plus it’s so much more than a Holocaust story. As traumatic as the book sounds – and is – I was gripped by every action and every one of Stingo’s tales. Yes the characters are messed up, but they are drawn particularly well and what I enjoyed the most was observing and analysing their tangled relationship from a social and historical aspect. – Rachel

❝ I found Sophie’s Choice totally enjoyable, though I would recommend that potential readers prepare by investing time and effort into this mammoth book. The relationship between the three main characters is fascinating and I invested a lot of thought into their actions. I felt strongly that Stingo’s lack of action to protect Sophie was totally understandable given that Nathan was such an oppressive and formidable character. – Jo

❝ This was an engrossing story and I was swept up in the present day story as well as Sophie’s extremely grim Holocaust memories. The slow unravelling of both storylines was tense and engaging. A negative for me was that it felt like the character of Sophie was fetishised by the author at times and this made for uncomfortable reading. After learning about the slightly autobiographical nature of the book this became almost repugnant. – Suzy

❝ The first person narrative suited the telling of the story in Sophie’s Choice. I felt like I was sitting next to Stingo as he told me his story – it had a real confessional feel to it. Stingo relayed events in a compassionate and compelling way, with a touch of humour thrown in the mix to offset the trauma. The story unwound steadily, leaving me wanting more as Sophie’s secrets were drip fed to us. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterisation of Sophie, Nathan and Stingo and the complex, frustrating dynamics of their friendship. A great novel on many different levels.” – Jodie


Published 1979
Random House
562 pages

The Mirror Book – Charlotte Grimshaw


Chosen by Suzy

The memoirs of Charlotte Grimshaw, author and daughter of C K Stead

❝ I can’t lie – I initially wanted to read The Mirror Book for the goss factor, but this memoir is so much more. It’s a personal assessment and investigation into trauma and grief and is communicated with such clarity and insight I almost felt envious of the way the author had so comprehensively gotten her shit together. This book was shocking and a completely engaging read. – Suzy

❝ I find memoirs fascinating, I guess primarily for the nosey neighbour aspect. However, I do find that many memoirs are either written by ghost writers in a matter-of-fact way, or by the subject who may have an interesting story to tell but not the skill to proffer it in the most literary way. However, The Mirror Book was particularly appealing to me because it had all the scandal of a memoir, but also the lyrical prose of fabulous fiction, which is primarily what I read. The psychological and analytical nature of Grimshaw’s thoughts, and the references from her life that ended up in print in both her and her father’s works, are like the best fictional constructs yet really happened to this literary family. This was the perfect mix of fictional prowess and true life story for me. – Rachel

❝ Charlotte Grimshaw had a traumatic upbringing – exciting and stimulating from a reader’s point of view, though it did leave me a little stunned. The Mirror Book was shocking at times, exposing Grimshaw’s dysfunctional family in a way that was fascinating and a little provocative. I kept wondering, why did she write this? Learning it was a sort of cathartic therapeutic process as part of her healing made sense. I found the first section a little rambling and haphazard but overall found it hard to put down. It was thoroughly enjoyable, though it seems there is more to tell and I hope one day she writes a more in-depth account of her childhood. – Jo

❝ I found The Mirror Book a captivating read of a childhood quite unlike any I have known. Charlotte was brutal with her honest account of events, and though at times I felt like she was throwing her parents under the bus, I appreciated her bravery. It was a courageous memoir that was beautifully written by a talented writer. – Jodie


Published 2021
Penguin Random House
320 pages