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When Love Sticks Around Kindle Edition
Hand-me-down pants that don’t quite fit, twilight bike rides down sleepy neighborhood streets, sweaty family camping trips, the things that almost break you, and the things you barely notice—it’s hard to see the shape of your life until you’re looking back on it.
In this collection of short essays, Danielle Dayney recounts her experiences as an awkward child in the piecemeal family that raised her. From her biological father’s absence to her mother’s battle with cancer to the birth of her daughter, Dayney’s stories venture beyond anecdote to nest safely among the tangled experiences that shape the people we become. With a keen eye for the pebbles of humor and glimmers of beauty along the rough roads of her life, Dayney has crafted a book that feels as familiar as a home-cooked meal and as exciting as the first night in a new city.
When Love Sticks Around is a memoir of love, loss, humor, identity, and above all, family—the one you’re born into and the one you gather along the way.
Those are the things worth sticking around for.
Donna-Louise Bishop, Community Life Correspondent for the Eastern Daily Press, Norfolk, UK
"Ms. Dayney's story of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Toledo, Ohio, is a tale of disappointment, grit, and ultimately, love."
Amy Francis Dechary, editor of the Beach Reads anthology series and president of Third Street Writers
"Through these candid glimpses of experiences, this coming-of-age memoir reaches beyond the life moments of growing up and creates a visceral testament to all that we love and search for."
Chelsey Clammer, author of Circadian and BodyHome
"A beautiful journey, worth every second."
"Dayney's well-written and poignant collection of personal essays makes you laugh, seethe, and cry. In other words, this is life itself."
Betsy Ashton, Author of Out of the Desert --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09FS2TBYQ
- Publisher : Belle Isle Books (November 15, 2021)
- Publication date : November 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3024 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 192 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #733,992 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2021
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When Love Sticks Around made me cry.
This is a book of interconnected personal essays. Through it, we get a glimpse into formative moments in Dayney's life: random appearances from her father, disconnected moments with her stepfather, the reality of a childhood spent loved and in poverty. She writes in a spare yet uncompromising style that doesn't wallow in sentimentality, and also doesn't pull punches. This is a woman who knows who she is and where she comes from and isn't apologizing for it.
And yet, she's the best kind of writer, crafting stories that allowed me, with my different upbringing, to focus on what makes us the same. In doing so, she created a world that I connected with at a very real level. I felt like I knew her. I felt like she was my friend. And I rooted for her - rooted for her to live her life and to love and to be happy.
In the end, I cried because I felt her love and I felt her joy and I felt her loss. This is an incredible book - and I say that as someone who doesn't often go in for memoir. But I truly loved every bit of it, and would often set it down because I needed to let a particular essay swim around in my heart. It's the kind of book I'll revisit over and over again for years to come.
We're close in age, so many of the details from the '80s and '90s sparked memories of my own. I enjoyed this so much – even the harder parts. I plan to revisit it very soon.
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Danielle Dayney's memoir When Loves Stick Around is based on her own life. In chronological chapters, the author recounts her childhood memories. These anecdotes are beautiful reminiscences of the author's family and friends. Danielle Dayney takes us on a journey through her life. We witness her as an awkward youngster growing up in a blended family. From her birth father's abandonment to her mother's cancer battle, she has been through a lot. Her memories of grandparents where she remembers sitting on her grandfathers lap to missing a dish her grandmother used to make and her mothers constant support. This what true love is and her revelation of this truth is both moving and inspiring. Dayney's stories go beyond anecdote and finds a safe haven within the interwoven experiences that shape who we are. Fear, financial difficulties,loss of a parent and changes of life in are all addressed in a honest and interesting manner.
My Thoughts :-
Danielle Dayney's writing is so relatable and bittersweet that I appreciate reading memoirs written by real people. I felt like I was listening to a friend while reading this book. For me, all of the chapters evoked such warm and nostalgic sentiments. My heart was overwhelmed with feelings of a kid who grew up to become a woman and her way of life throughout the journey. She pours her soul out in every chapter as she copes with the loss of her mother to cancer; this section of the story was so moving that it made me think of my own mother, and the sensation of loss is unfathomable.
I haven't sobbed reading a story in a long time. After I was done reading I fond myself wiping my eyes as the story nestled into my soul. Her writings are more than just words on a paper; they are genuine, resonating with emotion. Those were fantastic stories, unexpected and touching a part of me I didn't realise existed. I cheered her throughout her journey, and I was even angry when she was wronged. Her words were so genuine that you could sense her heartbreaks, sadness, and loss. I'm glad I read such a wonderful book.
The writing is excellent, and I adore the author. Anyone who enjoys a profound, beautiful, and bittersweet life journey should read this book.