Yrsa Daley-Ward is best known for her 2014 poetry collection "bone". Now, she published her lyrical memoir "The Terrible", which chronicles her growing up and early twenties. If you pick the book up to get to know a lot of 'facts' about Daley-Ward's life and maybe her writing career, then you might be disappointed. Having said that, it is a wonderful book. In little vignettes, some more poetry, some rather prose, Daley-Ward writes about the equally troubled live of her mother, living with her very pious grandparents for some years as a child, the way her changing body was treated, the longing to meet her father, loss, figuring out relationships and desire, addiction, depression, experiences with sex work. But moreover, this book is a love letter to Daley-Ward's younger brother, Little Roo. Their relationship - at times rocky, but always loving - is central to the narrative and their interactions form the frame of the book. Daley-Ward manages to not only tell specific stories but to transport emotions. Her writing here is versatile and beautiful, changing throughout the book befitting the different chapters. "The Terrible" is a book you can devour in one sitting or instead read slowly, dipping in and out.
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