R E V I E W S
"Adelman’s debut novel is a moving story of grief, resilience, and self-actualization...Adelman fully inhabits Lucy’s voice, and the resulting tale is as realistic as it is uplifting."
"Lean in...for the relationship between brother and sister, for its evolution as Lucy builds the strength and willingness both to take care of herself and to recognize and accept Nate’s shortcomings. The chronicle of this incremental shift is peppered with her drawings of people and animals—all done by the author’s sister—which play no small role in making Lucy’s often hazy perspective feel sharply real. This labor of love pens a soft-edged portrait of a subject who struggles to grasp complexity."
"Nobody puts Lucy in a corner, and the more one watches her dance the more one wants to take the floor and join her."
“From the first page of Piece of Mind, I fell in love with Lucy, its quirky, brave, funny heroine. And that feeling grew as she navigates her changing, often confusing, world. Michelle Adelman has created an unforgettable character and an unforgettable story.”
— Ann Hood, author of An Italian Wife and The Knitting Circle
“Like the Tourettes-ticcing Lionel Essrog in Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, or the obsessive-compulsive Mona Gray in Aimee Bender's An Invisible Sign of My Own, Michelle Adelman's heroine—and she definitely is that—travels a path that is by nature solitary, yet intersects with all that is best in ourselves. I hope you'll root for Lucy's success as much as I do.”
— Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni