After The Eclipse by Sarah Perry
"Because of her, I used to try and save the tiny moles our cat chased in the yard. Because of her, I sing along to the radio, in my terrible voice, and I drive with the windows down, the air whipping across my arms. Because of her, I will always believe love is possible. Her name was Crystal. She cast light."
This book is a raw, beautiful memorial to the woman that Crystal Perry was and an incredible feat of resiliency, courage and strength on the part of her daughter, Sarah, as she sought answers for the horrific crime that changed her life forever when she was just 12 years old. Sarah's story absolutely gutted me and this is without question, one of the saddest books I have read all year. She writes an extremely powerful examination of the cycle of domestic abuse, addiction and poverty while also giving a moving tribute to a woman who worked hard and loved hard, and who strived to make a better life for herself and her daughter. Sarah has an incredible gift for the written word and it was an honor to meet her mother among the pages of this stunning book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ heart wrenching stars.