Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story

Little, Brown. Feb. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780316374880. $29. MEMOIR
Jamison (The Recovering) takes readers on a candid, insightful, whirlwind journey as she gives birth to her daughter and concurrently ends her marriage. Along the way, she visits and revisits what it means to be a family, art (and the making of it), the ups and downs of love and approval-seeking, and the dilemmas, joys, and challenges of single motherhood. Loosely organized, the book has sections with one-word titles such as “Smoke,” in which she describes the finality of her divorce and also sublets a firehouse; and “Fever,” which starts at the beginning of the pandemic. There’s certainly humor in this book as well. Preceding each section is a fascinating and hilarious list of all she has been googling.
VERDICT A literary memoir filled with humor, which alone is worth reading the book. This title offers insight and a look into the messy, magical drudgery of life, along with the beauty of art, love, and sex that often carry people through.
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