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Book: Hamster Island by Joan Heartwell

Book: Hamster Island by Joan Heartwell

categories: Book, Family Dysfunction, Darkly Comic Memoir, Psychological Memoir, Coming of Age, Funny, Heartbreaking, Memoir




Joan Heartwell

about this book: Hamster Island is my story of growing up with two special needs siblings, a brother who was (he has since passed on) developmentally disabled and a sister suffering from schizophrenia. I am an advocate for anyone suffering anything now, but back then, as a kid, I was only ashamed, not only of my siblings but also of our house, which was situated more or less in a parking lot. My memoir is funny, heartbreaking, and probably meaningful for anyone trying to make sense of their dysfunctional beginnings.

• "Bittersweet, engagingly written, and populated by a household of strong-willed, idiosyncratic characters, Hamster Island has, at its core, a conflict familiar to us all: How can we be good to others while also being good to ourselves? … This tale of caregiving and self-actualization is unique, but it abounds with insights for us all."

— Rachel Simon, New York Times bestselling author of Riding The Bus With My Sister and The Story of Beautiful Girl


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