Close Call

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell is a 2017 memoir which impacted me on a deep emotional level. Perhaps the timing of it was everything in my case as I am recovering from an unexpected hospital stay, but it was more than that. There’s nothing like an emergency CAT scan to prompt a fearful pause in one’s daily mundane thoughts and actions.

Since early childhood, O’Farrell has had numerous out of the ordinary encounters with the grim reaper; many are pretty hair-raising. How many of us can say a bandit put a machete to our throat and we survived to tell the tale?

What I admire about this book is the author’s creativity, exceptional writing ability, and willingness to bare her soul. Done right, a memoir is a healing mechanism and although these are not my experiences, I gained healing reading them.

This memoir is a quick read with a wallop! I highly recommend it.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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