Thirty-Thousand Steps: A Memoir of Sprinting Toward Life After Loss

Blackstone Audio. Dec. 2022. 8:48 hrs. ISBN 9798212239134. $19.95. MEMOIR
After her brother died from an overdose, Keefe tried to figure out how to be happy and healthy in the wake of such devastating grief. She found her way by taking up running and prepping for a half-marathon. Exploring the intricacies of grief in beautiful and heart-wrenching ways, Keefe documents her journey, trying to figure out the “whys” of her brother’s death. She also examines the opioid epidemic, focusing on why some people struggle more than others with addiction. Mia Hutchinson-Shaw’s narration is intimate and candid, creating the quality of being told a story by a friend. She performs Keefe’s dry, baleful humor well and conveys the raw anxiety and anger born from this tragedy. Even with its heavy subject matter, this audiobook is hard to stop listening to.
VERDICT This heartfelt and honest book about life after loss is a must-listen for anyone looking to feel seen in their grief. Those who enjoy memoirs, stories of persistence through hard times, and those looking to learn more about America’s opioid crisis will want to listen.
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