The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Most of the time we think of the parent taking care of the child, but sometimes life turns the relationships upside down and the kids are the ones keeping it all together. Hayley and her father were always on the move, until her father finally decides to return to his hometown and try to settle down. But keeping still is a struggle for a war veteran who is constantly traumatized by PTSD and can’t hold down a job for any length of time. Hayley does her best to both fit in and remain anonymous, since she knows nothing can last for long and too much attention will get her and her dad in trouble. But that’s not easy to do in a small town with a long memory.
Hayley is constantly worried about her dad’s safety to the point that her life is consumed by the task of keeping him alive. She is often isolated and even those who try to help her find it hard to get in. If you love someone with PTSD this book may help you see them, and yourself, in a new way. And maybe offer some ideas of how to make a change.
Review by Sarah Rosenkrantz