Oh Love, Come Close: A Memoir

Dexterity: K-Love Bks. Jan. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781947297586. pap. $17.95. MEMOIR
Trauma, the violent loss of a friend, and struggles with her sexuality left Frazier, an advocate for unhoused people, at her wits end. Unable to find happiness or fulfillment in her life, she sought help and embarked on a journey toward better mental health and a better marriage. Through twice-weekly therapy visits, she explored the issues, events, and people who were part of shaping her past. Candid in her discussion of depression, anxiety, and the importance of therapy and ongoing self-reflection and care, she spends little time talking about management techniques after she left therapy. The timeline jumps around quite often in a confusing, disjointed way that detracts from the powerful, raw emotional impact of her story. While several of the vignettes are beautifully written prose, they often appear suddenly and with no discernable purpose to the narrative. Unfinished thoughts, story threads, and elements of her spiritual journey often seem vague and dream-like with no clear resolution.
VERDICT While interesting, this memoir reads more like poetry, so ideal readers will need to have that expectation.
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