Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival

?It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself bare, how she did not demonize a man who deserves to be demonized. Instead, she offers a por ?It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That...

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Title:Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival
Author:Kelly Sundberg
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Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival Reviews

  • Librariann
    Jun 12, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

    I wanted to love this book. The author pours her heart out, and I give her credit for being brave enough to talk openly about a topic we too often sweep under the proverbial rug. I also admire how she has been able to put her life together after living in an emotionally and physically ...

    3.5 stars. This is an important story and I?m glad this writer wrote it down. But I wished it had been edited differently. The timeline jumped so much it was almost impossible to keep track of how the abuse developed and where she was in relation to other events in her life. And some...

    Bravo to this author for talking about a subject matter that is often ignored. The ugly that goes on behind closed doors, the self esteem issues that go along with. The good times that you try to hold on to, the bad times that make it so hard. This was a story of defeat, then redemptio...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

    You know what's annoying? That Kindle synced to Goodreads doesn't automatically post start or finish dates for digital ARCs the way it does for purchased or downloaded library books. That would be helpful. Four stars, so far, but ooh, I cannot just sit and read this in a non-paced ...

  • Andrienne
    Mar 03, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

  • Renée Roehl
    Jul 07, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

  • Roxane
    Dec 23, 2017

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

  • Cheryl
    Jun 12, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

  • Jill
    May 22, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

  • Kelly Long
    Jun 11, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

  • Dawn
    Jun 17, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

  • Rebecca Thomas
    Jan 23, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 06, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

  • Lou
    Jun 06, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

  • Sarah Beth
    May 09, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

  • Lydia A.
    Jun 08, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

  • Lexy
    Jun 21, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    Feb 21, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

  • Shane
    Jun 20, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

  • Karen Lausa
    Jul 13, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

  • Gina
    May 02, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

  • Karen
    Jun 18, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

  • Brandi
    Jun 17, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

  • Ellin
    Jul 10, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

    I wanted to love this book. The author pours her heart out, and I give her credit for being brave enough to talk openly about a topic we too often sweep under the proverbial rug. I also admire how she has been able to put her life together after living in an emotionally and physically ...

  • Annie Cohen
    Jul 08, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

    I wanted to love this book. The author pours her heart out, and I give her credit for being brave enough to talk openly about a topic we too often sweep under the proverbial rug. I also admire how she has been able to put her life together after living in an emotionally and physically ...

    3.5 stars. This is an important story and I?m glad this writer wrote it down. But I wished it had been edited differently. The timeline jumped so much it was almost impossible to keep track of how the abuse developed and where she was in relation to other events in her life. And some...

    Bravo to this author for talking about a subject matter that is often ignored. The ugly that goes on behind closed doors, the self esteem issues that go along with. The good times that you try to hold on to, the bad times that make it so hard. This was a story of defeat, then redemptio...

  • Renee
    May 26, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

  • Marika
    Oct 29, 2017

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

  • Aleta
    Jul 06, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

    I wanted to love this book. The author pours her heart out, and I give her credit for being brave enough to talk openly about a topic we too often sweep under the proverbial rug. I also admire how she has been able to put her life together after living in an emotionally and physically ...

    3.5 stars. This is an important story and I?m glad this writer wrote it down. But I wished it had been edited differently. The timeline jumped so much it was almost impossible to keep track of how the abuse developed and where she was in relation to other events in her life. And some...

  • Kelly
    Mar 05, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

  • Barbara Senteney
    Apr 30, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

  • Michele Maro
    Jul 12, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...

    This is one woman?s story of strength beautifully told. ?But I am stronger. And I was strong before I met him. And I was strong during the abuse.? And I?ll add, you were strong to tell your story in a way that allows readers who have never been through this existence an opportu...

    Kelly Sundberg is extremely open when telling her story as a domestic violence survivor that allows the reader to understand the many other women facing this very problem. Sundberg not only tells the horrific details of the violence placed upon her, but also the moments that lead her t...

    Forget the concept of ?The Great American Novel,? instead embrace the Great American Memoir. Kelly?s memoir stands up to the moniker and defies expectation for what a memoir about domestic violence is or should be. She handles the subject with enough grace that you have a sense o...

    Absolutely astonishing. A difficult story, shocking in many ways, but it is the job of the reader here to pay attention and not judge. The complexities of those who suffer and endure domestic violence are troubling and frightening- here we read an unraveling confessional that helps bui...

    I wanted to love this book. The author pours her heart out, and I give her credit for being brave enough to talk openly about a topic we too often sweep under the proverbial rug. I also admire how she has been able to put her life together after living in an emotionally and physically ...

    3.5 stars. This is an important story and I?m glad this writer wrote it down. But I wished it had been edited differently. The timeline jumped so much it was almost impossible to keep track of how the abuse developed and where she was in relation to other events in her life. And some...

    Bravo to this author for talking about a subject matter that is often ignored. The ugly that goes on behind closed doors, the self esteem issues that go along with. The good times that you try to hold on to, the bad times that make it so hard. This was a story of defeat, then redemptio...

    I don?t like this author at all. I don?t like her writing style. She repeats phrases too much. She?s whiny. She?s annoying. I was in an abusive marriage also which was why I picked up this book. I didn?t need to hear about her breasts or sex life. Her whinging was just too mu...

  • Taila Williams
    Jun 10, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

  • E
    Jun 25, 2018

    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That?s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg?s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself ...

    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every s...

    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog thro...

    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare o...

    This is a very honest and open account of being in an abusive marriage. It's also a story of hope, strength, and survival. ...

    Abuse Brutality Ignorance Anger Violence Scared Crying Pain Hurt Focus Truth No quitting Never give up Survival Strength Courage Bravery Breaking free Freedom Be prepared to be sucked into the vortex that incorporate all these words letters, ultimately feelings and...

    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg?s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It?s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to ...

    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly abo...

    I really appreciate Kelly Sundberg for having the courage to share her story. Maybe others who find themselves in this type of situation or in the beginning or one will find the strength to get out. I am fortunate that I am in a loving marriage. Although, my sister has not been as luck...

    This book was very disturbing not only because of the abuse but also because of the author?s perception of the relationship. It seems that the author believed that outside of the abuse that there was a beautiful relationship/friendship between her and Caleb. There didn?t seem to be...

    Thank you to the publisher (via Edelweiss) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It's basically impossible to give a book under 5 stars when someone does what Kelly Sundberg does in this book- is able to write eloquently about the most brutal of experiences, is h...

    Finished in two days! Absolutely captivating book. ...

    I'm sorry, but I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wanted to. I thought I would. But I didn't. The opening is compelling and pulled me right in. However, as I read, the details really got blurry. I found it very difficult to follow Sundberg as she detailed the various relationships...

    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for bo...

    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both. This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for eve...

    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book ...

    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It?s a difficult topic but the author doesn?t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover...

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. ...

    This book is about Kelly Sundberg's very specific experience, and it is so much more. Like Kelly, I grew up in a town of around 3,000 people in Idaho, a place where everyone around me displayed that women existed to serve their men, that the highest achievement is (for god's sake!) not...

    1.5 stars. I *wish* this book had been better. It wasn't emotionally honest, it withheld emotion and didn't let the reader in. As a reader I felt nothing, but was told everything too many times in the superfluous details. I found the story redundant with excessive word fluff to pad ...

    Kelly Sundberg is an incredibly talented writer. She tells her horrific story in a way that grips you until the very end. This is a cautionary tale that, no matter how much we may love someone, we cannot lose ourselves trying to save him/her. This is a cautionary tale to trust your int...