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Playing with Dynamite by Sharon Harrigan
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it was amazing

Sharon Harrigan's father died in an accident when she was in grade school. He was on his way to hunt deer, and a deer ran in front of his jeep, causing a wreck. That's what she believed.

But was it true?

I loved this memoir about the author's quest to know more about her father, to locate the real person in her hazy memories and her relatives' larger-than-life tales.

She beautifully evokes how absence and silence shape families, and how we can unintentionally repeat destructive patterns.

She also captures what it's like to be a smart kid from a poor place. Even when you achieve your dreams, you may struggle with impostor syndrome in your new world and regret that you've somehow abandoned those you grew up with.

Dynamite is a loving tribute to Michigan and all its beauty and struggles.

Highly recommended.

*I received a review copy of this book.


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Reading Progress

April 22, 2018 – Shelved
April 22, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 29, 2018 – Started Reading
April 30, 2018 – Finished Reading

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