- Use promo code GIFTBOOK18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Enter code GIFTBOOK18 at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.75 shipping
Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss Paperback – October 23, 2018
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
"In Patchwork, Mary Jo Doig explores the nature of memory and consciousness, connecting the threads of the past to weave a beautiful story of healing and transformation."
―Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, author of Song of the Plains
About the Author
Mary Jo Doig, for nearly twenty years, has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, and life-writing enthusiast working extensively with women writing their life stories while writing her own memoir. Her stories have appeared in anthologies and periodicals, and on her blog, Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life, (maryjod.wordpress.com), Facebook, and Twitter. Her hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, cooking, quilting, hiking, and sweet time with family, friends, and pets in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-4 of 13 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
For me, the book seemed to be a part of Mary Jo Doig’s way of recovery. Writing out her life helped to work through or reconcile life. Similar to journal writing. It was a way to get the memories out of the mind and onto paper. For some readers, they may not appreciate the detailed/comprehensive description of Doig’s life. They want emphasis placed on the abuse and recovery work. I’m a reader who loves descriptive details, but at times I wanted Doig to move-along and get to the point of the book.
In the news, films, books, and other media sexual abuse is being discussed. I have several best girlfriends, many of them have began opening up to me about their abuse; and I have begun sharing my abuse story. At the least, the discussion about sexual abuse is a good thing, because people are becoming informed. I’ve heard several men remark, “oh, that’s not abuse, it’s inappropriate but not abuse.” Men and women have minimized abuse, not knowing the definition of what abuse is and that it is more than just inappropriate. A book like Patchwork helps readers understand the horror of abuse, the long term effects, and the hard work of recovery.
Patchwork is a sad story. Both in the abuse and Doig’s recovery work. Working towards recovery doesn’t mean current relationships stay the same. Life is not going to be in a neat package with a pretty bow. It took courage to work towards recovery and to tell her story.
Doig is the voice/narrator in the story. She is the viewpoint character. We read the conversations, but also her thoughts during that memory and current reflection.
Source: I received a complimentary copy, but was not required to leave a positive review. Advanced reader paperback copy.
One layer recounts author Mary Jo Doig's life from birth forward, stories of people and events that draw the reader into each episode as though it occurred yesterday. Childhood and young adult stories are sprinkled with maturity's reflective wisdom. This layer reads like a suspense mystery, horror upon horror. The collective tragedies and disruptions is not an easy read, but the what-next suspense makes setting the book aside difficult. Doig grows up accepting labels repeatedly thrown at her, including stupid, bad, emotionally immature. She keeps trying to be what others want, to be accepted. She keeps running into obstacles.
Another layer develops as the adult author uncovers who she is and why. Flashbacks stemming from family incidents and current events on a broader level trigger inner glimpses. Laced into this layer are various books that provided a mirror for the author's true self, long hidden from view by an innate protective shield of dissociation. She grows as one by one she chooses to accept formerly blocked ugly truths. This growth is irreversible, progressive changes triggering further trauma, extending her coping to include professional help.
These layers are stitched together with periodic references to a quilt the author embellishes with fabric heart-shaped leaves; each signifies a person or place essential to her continued becoming. This quilt is a tactile symbol of life patches drawn from evolving recall and journals diligently kept through the years.
My recommendation? Read this book. For understanding family impact. For encouragement to uncover or acknowledge experiences that shaped you. For impetus to consider how you shape others through action and attitude. For the warmth and respect you will feel for the author.
by Jazz Jaeschke
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women