Debbie (Jupiter, FL)
Ten Minutes from Home
Heartbreaking story of profound loss told courageously and honestly.
Through the quality of her writing and willingness to lay bare her deepest thoughts and feelings, Ms. Greenfield allows us to get close enough to truly grasp the pain of the devastating loss that both she and her parents suffered. She shows us how isolating and lonely the grieving process may be - particularly for a child.
Also, I was struck by how the roles of child and parent can become reversed when trying to cope with the aftermath of a tragedy. Throughout the story I was so moved (and sometimes saddened) by the level of maturity she was forced to display and by the insights she provided - about love, loneliness, friendship, grief, hope etc.
While her brother's and best friend's life was cut short prematurely, in so many ways, her own childhood ended at the moment of the impact as well.
Yet in the end, Ms. Greenfield demonstrates that with time and distance (both physical and emotional) one can find peace and forgiveness and hope...
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
Ten Minutes from Home
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Beth Greenfield gives us insights into her family struggling with the loss of a child/brother and best friend killed by a drunk driver. Greenfield shares her anger, sadness and guilt while trying to recover from this tragic event. She searches for normalcy, which eludes her. A well written book, that I would highly recommend.
Cam G. (Murrells Inlet, SC)
TEN MINUTES FROM HOME
TEN MINUTES FROM HOME, by Beth Greenfield, is a touching memoir about her teenage years after a horrifying accident that killed both her little brother and best friend. Life from then on was of immense grief compounded by her inability to share her feelings with her parents, particularly her mother. This is a poignant story of an adolescent who is able to reach beyond her grief to understand her parents and to become the successful woman she is today.
Darlene C. (Simpsonville, SC)/Bookseller
Ten Minutes from Home
Thank-you Beth for shining a light on a dark corner of our society. When a parent loses a child, they seem to receive an endless amount of support but who is there to support a child who loses a sibling and a best friend, and whose parents are immersed in their own grief. Alone, these children are left to emotionally cope as best they can. Beth must deal with the self-blame, the survivor guilt, the label of "the girl whose brother died" and she recounts her experiences with a brutal honesty that makes the reader cringe. For someone who seldom reads memoirs, I found this one to be compelling.
Penny N. (Saginaw, MI)
A poignant history of grief and loss
This well written memoir documents the author's grief, pain, guilt, anger and loss. The anguish involved drips off the pages as do the readers tears. A car accident kills a brother along with a best friend. Because of this a mother, father and the author are all changed forever too. I do not know if reading this book will help others. But the stark reality of this book and the insights it brings to all of us who know very little about the losing a loved one is very powerful. The last paragraph in the book is perhaps the saddest in the book but it projects hope for the future.
Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)
A Touching Memoir
Beth Greenfield has written a touching memoir dealing mainly with the years surrounding a tragic accident. She uses clear, concise language and a matter of fact recounting of events to tell her story. Although heartbreaking at times, it presents an honest look at the grieving and healing process. Her honesty in telling her story makes for a very good read, and I think it would appeal to all readers!
Cindy A. (Bryan, Texas)
A Candid Memoir of Loss and Endurance
Most people are drawn to stories of human tragedy and survival. But it isn’t just morbidness that makes us want to know the details; we want to understand both the nature of the event, and how an average person can experience the unthinkable and make it out the other side. After Beth Greenfield lived through a terrible car accident, her peers weren’t shy about asking penetrating questions: “Did you see the other car coming?” What were Kristin’s last words?” “Was it very bloody?” Greenfield answers these questions and more in a brutally honest account of the accident and the painful year that followed. While the narrative is sometimes jumpy, and the ending is both rushed and artificially hopeful (at a point where it seems the family is still struggling), this heartbreaking memoir is captivating and worthwhile, and would make an interesting choice for discussion groups.