Recommended by bookseller Eleanor Franzén:
"This is how you write a memoir. More specifically, it is how you write a memoir if your life has been comprehensively rough: a difficult childhood with controlling parents, a misspent youth, and eventually the discovery of writing, love, and home. Yuknavitch is certainly not 'likeable' throughout, and occasionally her self-destructive behaviour is frustrating, but she writes like a demon and there is one chapter – in which she and her first husband try to scatter their stillborn daughter’s ashes – that made me cry in public. This book won't be for everyone, but for those who dare, it is immensely rewarding. Canongate have reissued it (it was first published it in 2011) with a stunning new cover, too."