We Are Too Many: A Memoir [Kind of]

Holt. May 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781250869043. $26.99. MEMOIR
Divorce is difficult for many who’ve been through it to talk about. That’s even more the case when the tipping point is an affair between a spouse and their partner’s best friend. Novelist Pittard’s (Visible Empire) genre-bending work conquers that heartbreak by combing facts with speculation and fiction. While this structure is unique, some readers who prefer traditional formats may have difficulty following along. The book notes the author’s relationships with her ex-husband and best friend, divorce, and the aftermath by utilizing time jumps and short dialogue that give readers insight into her mind and thoughts as she reconciles what exactly happened. It becomes a memory exercise as events are twisted, fantasies peek through, and conversations are misremembered. The book is an honest look at how relationships can affect people, and it’s a fascinating study of how the mind works when someone is dealing with heartbreak and grief. This book demonstrates the importance of communication and that the way people perceive things does not necessarily match what is happening around them.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy memoirs that deal with personal relationships and the journey of discovering oneself.
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