I Am Yours

Amberjack. Feb. 2019. 300p. ISBN 9781948705110. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781948705226. MEMOIR
Writer Zaman acknowledges in the beginning of this debut work that memoir is a truth based on what a person feels, and that the art of writing memoir can be difficult. Divided into four acts with simply titled chapters—"Feel," "Forgive," "Pause," "Listen"—the book describes the hardships the author has encountered, including anorexia and an abusive marriage. The volume is mostly organized chronologically, but some chapters travel back and forth through time to give readers an understanding of how past events contributed to Zaman's present circumstances. The strength of the narrative portrays how a person who has contended with enormous tragedy can summon the resolve to confront and rise above it, and courageously share it with others.
VERDICT Memoir fans will appreciate Zaman's journey.
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