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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl

Author: Kelle Groom
Series: ---
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: May 25, 2011
How Received: For review
Rate: 4

At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she’d never been able to experience before. She began drinking before class, often blacked out at bars, and fell into destructive relationships. At nineteen, already an out-of-control alcoholic, she was pregnant. Accepting the heartbreaking fact that she was incapable of taking care of her son herself, she gave him up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. They named him Tommy and took him home with them to Massachusetts. When he was nine months old, the boy was diagnosed with leukemia—but Kelle’s parents, wanting the best for her, kept her mostly in the dark about his health. When Tommy died he was only fourteen months old. Having lost him irretrievably, Kelle went into an accelerating downward spiral of self-destruction. She emerged from this free fall only when her desire to stop drinking connected her with those who helped her to get sober.
In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl explores the most painful aspects of Kelle’s addiction and loss with unflinching honesty and bold determination. Urgent and vital, exquisite and raw, her story is as much about maternal love as it is about survival, as much about acceptance as it is about forgiveness. Kelle’s longing for her son remains twenty-five years after his death. It is an ache intensified, as she lost him twice—first to adoption and then to cancer. In this inspiring portrait of redemption, Kelle charts the journey that led her to accept her addiction and grief and to learn how to live in the world.
   Through her family’s history and the story of her son’s cancer, Kelle traces with clarity and breathtaking grace the forces that shape a life, a death, and a literary voice.

The is memoir seems like its written as a poem. It jumps from memory to memory its like she just copied it straight from her diary.. which I guess she did. But it feels more personal and hard to keep track of just like in "A Mistress's Revenge" Although this book is about a mother who loves her soon loses him twice but she always loves him. It was hard to stay with. even though it has a great story line.


Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing today. Sometimes while the story may be exceptional - it is too close to what is happening to so many young people out there today. I enjoy escaping in my books and it may be shallow, but I prefer fiction where there is a lot of kicking ### and even if it is not completely resolved good gets there licks in.

25kati said...

Oh I totally agree. Hope your weeks amazing!

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