Held Together by Jenny Q grabbed my attention from the start. I know not everyone is a fan of this style of writing – multiple short length chapters that are told from the perspective of numerous characters. I love them. When reading I get REALLY involved in the story line and being able to get in the lives and minds of others helps to really understand the actions and emotions behind them. Also, being that this is a memoir that deals with the long-term sickness of Jenny I can see how this was a healing process not just for the author but for her amazing community of family and friends.
Death, long-term sickness and post-traumatic stress disorder have been a part of my life for the past few years in different ways. Reading this book helped me emotionally as well. Sometimes when we’re going through we feel as though no one gets it, but that’s not true and Held Together helped me to keep it together and process some of the emotions and feelings that I’ve been having lately.
The power and strength of Jenny’s community spoke volumes. You could feel their love, concern and dedication to fighting and healing with her through their words. I’m thankful they were willing to share their part in her journey because it truly makes this book what it is.
I highly recommend this read.
Held Together by Jenny Q Details:
Book Title: Held Together: A True Story of Love’s Victory by Jenny Q
Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 456 pages
Release date: June 1, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Graphic medical procedures, some bad language)
Held Together by Jenny Q Description:
In January of 2014, Joshua Tree’s beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the entire group became one in their desperate effort and race against the clock to save her life.
While the words of others in the community tell the story in this book, it is Jenny’s own insightful writings that provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences. She gives us a unique glimpse into the mysterious worlds encountered while in a coma, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, the nightmare of withdrawal from prescription opiates, and the maddening frustration of having to re-learn basic skills previously taken for granted such as the ability to walk.
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Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary. Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds~ Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.
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