Top positive review
Not for the squeamish!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
It was a book about many things. There is the friendship between two young women writers. It dealt with the pain of a cancer survivor who lost part of her jaw in the process of saving her, and the many painful surgeries she endured to make her beautiful so that a man would love her. Addiction to pain killers is a way of dealing with emotional and physical pain. I was about a third of the way through this book when I realized it was non fiction. The medical descriptions of procedures were very vivid. I had just finished Patchett's book ,Commonwealth, and found some commonalities--powerful bonds formed between people not of blood Kin and an author using another person's story to write their book. I can see why the family of Ann Patchett's friend might be upset. Overall, it was an unforgettable read. Whether or not we find love from the opposite sex depends so much on how we look.