A memoir of love, loss & the healing power of mindfulness

My Beautiful Reckless Girl is a soul-baring memoir that reads like a mystery. How does a mother go on living when her only child dies? The two narratives are skilfully interwoven. The first narrative is a mother’s search to understand what lead her daughter Catherine to dabble with heroin, culminating in meeting the young man she believes responsible for Catherine’s death. The second narrative begins with Catherine’s birth and documents the following eighteen years of her life. Each chapter opens with an entry from one of Catherine’s journals, bringing her voice alive on the page. We learn she can juggle four clubs, write powerful poems, and she drives the family car like a rev-head. My Beautiful Reckless Girl is ultimately a love story tackling themes relevant today such as teenagers and drugs, grief and loss, depression and post-traumatic stress. In the end, the reader is left in awe of the resilience of the human spirit.