BOOKS

Small Pieces

Joanne Limburg

RRP: £8.99

1 February 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492326

RRP: £14.99

6 July 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492302

RRP: £8.99

6 July 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786492319

My mother, my family and Judaism are nested inside each other. I am Jewish and always Jewish; it’s analogous with family, however hard it is, and however strained, it can never be disavowed… I remain, as my therapist put it, ‘enmeshed’, all tangled up in the family hoard. This book has been both a continuation of my conversations with them, and an attempt to untangle myself.

This is Joanne’s account of coming to terms with her brother’s suicide and through that process, the entirety of her family life. In Small Pieces Joanne explores her childhood, her Jewishness and her mother’s death as well as that of her brother.

The life and family Joanne describes is a complex combination of conflicting influences – both scientific and literary; Jewish and humanist impulses; and middle America and North London settings.

Small Pieces is a beautiful and searingly honest meditation on family and faith.