A Place for Us: A Memoir

Little A. Jul. 2023. 222p. ISBN 9781542036467. $28.99. MEMOIR
Public speaker/activist Wolf, who survived the 2016 horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, shares his coming-of-age story. Following a traumatic childhood with the loss of a parent at a young age, he was one of the only openly gay people of color in his small Oregon high school. At age 19, he moved to Orlando to be a part of the Disney College Program. Recounting his life through a series of vignettes, Wolf places his focus on the special people he lost in the shooting, their impact on his life, and how the experience gave him the courage to advocate for legislation that would prevent others from suffering similarly. Fear, anger, sadness, and survivor’s guilt plagued Wolf for years, as he strove to make a difference in memory of his lost friends. His memoir is raw, candid, and often uncomfortable, serving as an honest testament to the variety and intensity of emotions that accompany post-traumatic stress. Although chapters bounce around in time, sometimes causing confusion, the message of hope and self-forgiveness shines brightly through.
VERDICT A good and recommended addition to memoir collections.
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