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Huffington Post reviews Like a Woman

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Huffington Post reviews Like a Woman

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Kimberly Dark reviewed Deb Busman’s Like a Woman for the Huffington Post, praising both style and the subject matter:

One supremely satisfying aspect of Like a Woman, is that the story is told episodically, the way memories actually occur. Told mostly in the third person, it also uses a mix of poetic first person passages, so the reader feels an undulating sense of presence in the character and connection to social circumstances. I'm partial to novels and memoirs written in this style, particularly because marginalized lives adhere in a far less linear way to standard social narratives.
Safety and money are among the first themes that young Taylor navigates, though safety is also inextricably linked to connection with the natural world - including her relationship with dogs. In one of the poetic passages, she conveys, "as a child, I believed we came from wolves, somehow lost, separated inside the city's mass, the children, that is. I had no ideas where adults came from, but I thought that children were all adopted... when the other kids informed me that we didn't come from wolves, several stands were broken from the fraying thread that held me to that place and time." She finds other strands, through the book, to reconnect her to a life beyond survival, but the connections are periodic. Her stories of ingenuity and loss are stunning.

Read the complete review of this “feminist masterpiece on teen survival” at the Huffington Post.