Piece of Mind by Michelle Adelman
A Novel

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A wayward woman with little executive function tries to wrest back control of her life...This labor of love pens a soft-edged portrait of a subject who struggles to grasp complexity.
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Told with warmth and intelligence, Piece of Mind introduces one of the most endearing and heroic characters in contemporary fiction.


At twenty-seven, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had trouble relating to most people. She’s also uncommonly messy, woefully disorganized, and incapable of holding down a regular job. When unexpected circumstances force her out of the comfortable and protective Jewish home where she was raised and into a cramped studio apartment in New York City with her college-age younger brother, she must adapt to an entirely different life—one with no safety net. Over the course of a challenging summer, Lucy is forced to discover that she has more strengths than she herself knew.

 

About Michelle Adelman

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Michelle Adelman received her MFA in writing from Columbia University and her MS and BS in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in the Bay Area. photo by Genevieve Moller Photography
 
Published February 8, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 311 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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A wayward woman with little executive function tries to wrest back control of her life...This labor of love pens a soft-edged portrait of a subject who struggles to grasp complexity.

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