Every family has a story.
“Breathtaking . . . brutally honest . . . universal. I cried and laughed.
Joyce is a beautiful writer with a great gift.”
Kate Clifford Larson
Author of Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Writer of creative nonfiction
A shy young girl feels isolated when she becomes caregiver to her older brother who is intellectually disabled. In her adult years, she’s forced to deal with the resentment of a lost youth only to return to the role of her brother’s keeper and face more challenges. In the process, she sees the lifelong responsibility in a new light, and finds joy and gratitude in a loving relationship with her brother.
This heartwarming essay collection offers a glimpse into the life of a woman who embroiders her family history on a tablecloth. She enjoys a morning headstand, has perfected the art of baking biscotti, and claims the porch as her favorite spot in the world. With humor and insight, Joyce shows how ordinary moments become lasting memories.