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Piece of Mind

by Michelle Adelman

Piece of Mind by Michelle Adelman
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2016
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Told with warmth and intelligence, Piece of Mind introduces one of the most endearing and heroic characters in contemporary fiction.

At twenty-seven, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had trouble relating to most people. She's also uncommonly messy, woefully disorganized, and incapable of holding down a regular job. When unexpected circumstances force her out of the comfortable and protective Jewish home where she was raised and into a cramped studio apartment in New York City with her college-age younger brother, she must adapt to an entirely different life - one with no safety net. Over the course of a challenging summer, Lucy is forced to discover that she has more strengths than she herself knew.

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"Starred Review. Adelman's debut novel is a moving story of grief, resilience, and self-actualization... Adelma fully inhabits Lucy's voice, and the resulting tale is as realistic as it is uplifting." - Publishers Weekly

"Lovely sketches are interspersed with the text, and the heavier tones of Adelman's tale are balanced by Lucy's unique voice, offering a candid exploration of self-doubt, the bonds of family, and the fear of the unknown." - Booklist

"This labor of love pens a soft-edged portrait of a subject who struggles to grasp complexity." - Kirkus

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Michelle Adelman received her MFA in writing from Columbia University and her MS and BS in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in the Bay Area.

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