Advanced praise for
Ten Minutes from Home
Greenfield produces a commanding memoir of healing and recovery that doesn't shrink from the suffering she and her family endured, or the often painful details that accompany the process of moving forward, while simultaneously embracing the human capacity for vulnerability and joy. Anyone who has lost loved ones too soon will find Greenfield's brutal honesty cathartic, and her hard-won progress inspiring.
"With language poetic and spare, Beth Greenfield mines the tragedies of her life with a humble magnificence. I kept thinking Mary Karr was channeling Hemingway while reading Tens Minutes from Home, and yet Greenfield's hard-earned voice is all her own - witty, courageous, close-to-the-bone. I loved this book, but I am also grateful for it. It broke my heart and then it helped to heal it."
Beth Greenfield's devastating memoir chronicles a family reeling after the most awful and arbitrary of losses, the deaths of children. With acute, loving attention, Greenfield shows us how the living, transformed by grief, stagger back toward a renewed life.
"This memoir, so astute, clear-eyed, and deeply affecting, is as brave as it is beautiful. With exceptional and unsentimental self-awareness, Greenfield explores what it means to survive trauma and thus to go on living even after those whom we love best have died. This book, so full of love and sorrow, is more than stunning achievement. It is also a victory over what Emily Dickinson termed a "pain so utter" that "it swallows substance up."
"In Ten Minutes from Home, Beth Greenfield beautifully captures the lonely, complex territory of grief while staying true to the perspective of a young girl. This memoir of a family shattered by loss is also a story of resilience and the power of language, as the narrator ventures out into the world and returns to her family, with healing words. "