Sunday, June 30, 2013

Memoir Review: Reaching by Grace Peterson

As you may know, I'm focusing on the work of fellow memoirists and today I am reviewing Grace Peterson's riveting memoir, Reaching.  The product of a dysfunctional family, she refers to her parents only as "the mother" and "the father," clearly letting readers know how distant and disinterested they were in her and her siblings as well.  Traumatized by moves, bullying by schoolmates and the tragic death of her best friend, she struggles to find her place in the world.  Convinced that she is possessed by a demon or is perhaps a demon herself, she turns to a "healer" who is anything but.  Yet she manages to find love, raise four children and finally extricate herself from the healer's power.  Through courage and therapy she pulls herself together and invites the reader to share her journey.  I give this book 5 stars  It's available on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble.



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