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  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this, her first prose work, poet Peacock shares a profoundly intimate tale of coming to terms with her creative identity and her decision, vital to that identity, to remain without children. As a ... Read full review

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User Review  - carrieprice78 - LibraryThing

I haven't read it all, but I did page through it and read many parts of it. This book gave me the best laugh I've had in a long, long time. There is a laughably bad love scene. I read parts of it to ... Read full review


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