By Breia Brissey
Updated January 16, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST
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The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • Book
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Anderson is known for tackling serious issues such as anorexia, bullying, and teen rape, and she drew on her own father’s struggles with PTSD for her latest thought-provoking novel. Hayley Kincaid is a high school senior who finally settles down in an upstate New York town after spending years on the road with her truck-driving dad, Andy. Her efforts to adjust to their new life take a backseat while Andy, a decorated Iraq-war veteran, struggles with both alcoholism and postwar emotional trauma. Like Anderson’s other books, The Impossible Knife of Memory isn’t always an easy read — Anderson’s gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by turns painful and heartbreaking — but it’s an important one. B+

The Impossible Knife of Memory

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
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  • Viking

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