“That rare thing, a story you think you know transformed into one you have to read to the end.”
—Kathryn Harrison
“A luminous, layered accomplishment.”
–Margaux Fragoso, The New York Times Book Review
“Memoirs about terrible childhoods are plentiful, but not many of them can measure up to this engrossing, lyrical debut.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Must List

“Powerful…hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges.”



“Freakishly brilliant, brilliantly freakish, this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read.”

—Gary Shteyngart

“ I will read whatever Domenica Ruta writes.”

—Amy Bloom

“Bracingly funny and poignant”

The Boston Globe

“Valiant and heartbreaking.”

BUST Magazine

“Gloriously gutsy.”


“Exceedingly powerful stuff.”


A powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and beautifully redemptive story about loving and leaving.