Song of the Plains
by Linda Joy Myers

She Writes Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-631-52216-7.
Reviewed by Jude Whelley
Posted on 06/13/2017

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment

When you are the founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, have published an award winning memoir plus written books on memoir writing, and teach memoir classes, expectations for your second memoir run high.

Having met Linda Joy at Story Circle Network conferences and been a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers, I know she is passionate about the genre. Song of the Plains reflects all her passion and her skill. She braids lyrical remembrances of place with painful memories and deeply felt longings for connection and understanding of generations of mother-daughter dysfunction. She does not sugarcoat any of the incidences that deeply hurt her as a child and continued into her adulthood. She lays bare how this affected her and the healing paths she traveled, leaving no stone unturned in her quest for understanding and compassion. She takes us with her as she explores music, art, poetry, therapy, writing, family research, and just plain bravery in her quest to break the cycle.

The book brings us full circle, from her painful childhood, through her struggles as an adult, to where she is now. It is both a delight and a relief to read the chapters on her final days with her mother, her creation of a writing community that helps heal, and her relationship with her own children and grandchildren. We hurt with her, struggle with her, heal with her, and finally rejoice with her.

Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, the winner of the BAIPA Gold Medal award. She's the author of three books on memoir writing: The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole. She's a coauthor with Brooke Warner of two books: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and Magic of Memoir. Myers writes for the Huffington Post and co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. A therapist for thirty-six years, Myers also speaks about memoir, healing, and the power of writing the truth.

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