Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review of The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg - 5 stars!

Happy Thursday!

WOW! Women On Writing presents:
Summer Blog Tour: The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Welcome to my stop at The Divorce Girl Blog Tour! My stop includes review of The Divorce Girl and some information about the book and the author. Enjoy!

Tour Dates: July 9 through August 10 Title: The Divorce Girl Author: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Young Adult
Just Thought You Should Know: We feel The Divorce Girl will appeal to a YA audience but, because there is some violence and sexual scenes, we’d like to appeal to YA bloggers followed by older teens (15 and up) not the tween market.


Meet Deborah Shapiro, a New Jersey teenage photographer whose parents' outrageous divorce lands her in the biggest flea market in the free world, a Greek diner with immigration issues, a New York City taxi company, a radical suburban synagogue, a hippie-owned boutique, and bowling alleys, beaches and bagel shops. As her home explodes apart, a first love, a series of almost-mothers, and a comical collection of eccentric mentors show Deborah how to make art out of life, and life from the wreckage of a broken home. This debut novel of Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg travels through wild loss, untended grief and bad behavior with humor and imagination. Reminiscent of the works of Wally Lamb, Stephanie Kallos, and Kaye Gibbons, this coming of age story illuminates how a daring heart can turn a broken girl into a woman strong enough to craft a life of art, soul and beauty.

My review:

I decided to review this book purely for personal reasons. I went through divorce for 1,5 years ago and my kid had to go through it on his own way, too. He still does. I was curious and afraid to read The Divorce Girl for exactly the same reasons - and I was right. The Divorce Girl touched me on a personal level, even though the time and the place and the age and path of the kid were different, it still affected me. I enjoyed every minute of reading.

The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is a book about family, loss, betrayal, dealing with pain, hope - and all through the eyes of a teenage girl. Her life changes with the divorce. She shuts down her feelings and directs them to a photo camera and sees the world as safely as possible through the lens.

I think that the title of the book is right on spot. divorce is actually one of the main characters in the book next to Deborah. Throughout the whole book, divorce and how it influences kids is on main focus. Author asks so many questions which are actual today. Even the settings in the book are from the 70s in New Jersey, the questions about divorce are still the same as they were 30-40 years ago: Do parents understand what divorce really does to children? Do they care? Can the results of a divorce at all be avoided?

I truly enjoyed reading it through Deborah's narrative and I think the author did an excellent job with mirroring the grown-ups' world through her. It was messy, painful and yet, the author was capable of keeping the innocence of a young girl's understandings.

It's a beautifully painful book to read!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks to WOW! Women On Writing! for providing me with the review copy!

About the Author:

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming non-fiction book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other (Potomac Books); The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); the anthologies An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate (co-editor, Ice Cube Books) and Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems (editor, Woodley Press); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word – at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats.

Author’s Website:

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Divorce is a tough subject. It's really hard on the parents and kids alike and it can have long lasting effects. My parents divorced when I was 13. Even though it turned out to be the better thing in the long run, I think it still affects me today, just in terms of my viewpoint on certain issues.