3.62 (13,305 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.62 (13,305 ratings by Goodreads)
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I am a woman built upon the wreckage of myself.

In an emotionally raw voice alive with grief, compassion, and startling humor, a woman mourns the loss of her husband and son at the hands of one of history's most notorious criminals. And in appealing to their executioner, she reveals the desperate sadness of a broken heart and a working-class life blown apart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 143 x 214 x 20mm | 254g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 1451618492
  • 9781451618495
  • 205,266

Review Text

"Cleave has achieved something rare. . . . [The narrator] will break your heart and remind you how, in the face of the uncontrollable and the inexplicable, humor can allow one to survive." -San Francisco Chronicle
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Review quote

"Cleave...has a phenomenal talent for melodrama, a dishy, vicious sense of humor, and a sprinter's force as a writer." --New York Observer
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About Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is the author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Gold, Incendiary, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in London, England. Visit him at or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.
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Rating details

13,305 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 20% (2,641)
4 38% (5,111)
3 29% (3,820)
2 10% (1,266)
1 4% (467)
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