The Impossible Knife of Memory Anderson is known for tackling serious issues such as anorexia, bullying, and teen rape, and she drew on her own father's struggles with PTSD for… The Impossible Knife of Memory Anderson is known for tackling serious issues such as anorexia, bullying, and teen rape, and she drew on her own father's struggles with PTSD for… 2014-01-07 Young Adult Viking
Book Review

The Impossible Knife Of Memory (2014)

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY Laurie Halse Anderson
THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY Laurie Halse Anderson
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2014; Writer: Laurie Halse Anderson; Genre: Young Adult; Publisher: Viking

Anderson is known for tackling serious issues such as anorexia, bullying, and teen rape, and she drew on her own father's struggles with PTSD for her latest thought-provoking novel. Hayley Kincaid is a high school senior who finally settles down in an upstate New York town after spending years on the road with her truck-driving dad, Andy. Her efforts to adjust to their new life take a backseat while Andy, a decorated Iraq-war veteran, struggles with both alcoholism and postwar emotional trauma. Like Anderson's other books, The Impossible Knife of Memory isn't always an easy read — Anderson's gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by turns painful and heartbreaking — but it's an important one. B+

Originally posted Jan 08, 2014 Published in issue #1294 Jan 17, 2014 Order article reprints
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