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Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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"An unsentimentally courageous memoir."
"A gripping memoir."
"Gripping yet hopeful."
"[A] memoir of love, abuse, despair, and hope . . . a reminder that any family can hide a secret and that many victims of abuse go their entire lives without speaking out about it."
"Excellent memoir . . . I couldn't put it down."
"In a world that celebrates the bonds of mothers and children, and surrounds us with images of happy families celebrating their love, Jessica Berger Gross has made a brave and lonely choice to cut ties with her family and their abuse—and braver still she has chosen to tell us about it. That she survived with the strength to get away is a testimony to her courage. Many readers will recognize their own story, or a piece of it, in this one, and when they do, find comfort."
—Joyce Maynard, author of At Home in the World and The Best of Us
"Estranged captures the sorrow of a hurt child with stunning intimacy. Berger Gross weaves a tale of heartbreak and triumph from the sticky, knotted threads of family, trauma, and identity. A tender and beautiful read."
—Leah Vincent, author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
About the Author
Jessica Berger Gross is the author of the bestselling book, Estranged, and the editor of the anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and The Globe and Mail. She lives with her family in Maine.
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Couple of comments: the author goes to great lengths to present to us the readers what all has happened, even from an early age, with the help of diaries she kept from those days. It all makes for an extraordinary book about the conflicted feeling kids have when abused physically or otherwise. But for me the book really takes flight when we get to the later years, as in: when the author goes off to college at Vassar and finds freedom... or does she? The book ends up reading like a mystery thriller, as we turn page after page to see how it all plays out.
Bottom line: if you like non-fiction, and memoirs in particular, you are in for a treat with this one. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people not only face the toughest challenges, but then somehow turn themselves into gifted writers and bring us their stories. You can't make this stuff up! My heart goes out to the author, and I wish her nothing but the best. "Estranged" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!