Paradise, Piece by Piece

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Riverhead Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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The life of a poet that is a life for all women: an extraordinarily honest, moving, and lyrical exploration of what it means for a woman to come into her own.

You can ask that a book tell a compelling story, that it dazzle you with virtuosic writing, that its emotional content be pure and stirring, that the issues it tackles be timely and relevant and put forth with the utmost clarity and candor and a tonic dose of humor. Once in a very rare while, all such expectations will be rewarded. And sometimes they will even be exceeded, as they are in Molly Peacock's magnificent memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece.

The book she has written describes the coming of age of a poet and the choices she made at various stages of her life that shaped her fate and informed her art. It is also the coming-of-age of a woman that speaks to the most intimate questions a woman can ask of herself and answers them with courageous introspection. It is the story of a child asked to grow up too soon, of the complicated web of relationships in which we define ourselves, of love and friendship and finding peace. It shimmers with intelligence and insight and takes the breath away with its poetry. In the same way that The Liar's Club took Mary Karr from respected poet to literary star, Paradise, Piece by Piece will firmly establish Molly Peacock as a marvelous new voice in American letters.

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User Review  - Adrienne Urbanski - Goodreads

This book took a long time to get into, reading the first 100 pages was arduous. However, thankfully, the effort paid off and Ms. Peacock proved herself as a writer capable of turning her life into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

Note about me: I dog-ear pages where I find passages that make an indentation in my heart. This book has at least 15 dog-ears. I won't lie, the book was challenging at first to get into. Reading about ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1998)

Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is "The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72". Her most recent collection of poems is "The Second Blush". As President of the Poetry Society of America, Molly Peacock was one of the creators of New York's Poetry in Motion program; co-editing "Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses". She serves as a Faculty Mentor at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program and is also the Series Editor of "The Best Canadian Poetry in English".

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