Ten Minutes from Home is the poignant account of how a suburban New Jersey family struggles to come together after being shattered by tragedy. In this searing, sparely written, and surprisingly wry memoir, Beth Greenfield shares what happens in 1982 when, as a 12-year-old, she survives a drunk-driving accident that kills her younger brother Adam and best friend Kristin.
As the benign concerns of adolescence are replaced by crushing guilt and grief, Beth searches for hope and support in some likely and not-so-likely places (General Hospital, a kindly rabbi, the bottom of a keg), eventually discovering that while life is fragile, love doesn't have to be.
Ten Minutes from Home exquisitely captures both the heartache of lost innocence and the solace of strength and survival.
©2010 Beth Eve Greenfield (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This is the memoir of Beth Greenfield and an event that occurred when she was twelve years old, in 1982, that changed her and her family’s life. Beth, her parents, her younger brother Adam,and her best friend Kristin, were on the way home from Beth’s ballet recital. A drunk driver came out of nowhere, hit the car, killed her younger brother and her best friend, and left the rest of the family with injuries which kept them in the hospital for a week. This is the story of how Beth learns what happened in the accident, and it details how Beth, her family, and Kristin’s family dealt with the aftermath of the accident. This is a very moving account particularly of Beth’s coming to terms with the accident over the years.
I enjoyed this book as it gave me a look at how a family dealt with tragedy. Although it was not perfectly done, the family grappled to come to terms with something that is unimaginable in one's own life. Loosing someone near and dear. I thought the author dealt with it in a kind and non judgemental way - telling how it is along with the fragility of the human spirit.
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