Having undergone a near-death experience during the birth of her second child, Caroline Barron enters unfamiliar territory. In her search for healing that follows this traumatic event and its aftermath, she spends the next six years delving into her family history, uncovering a difficult and diverse ancestry. But there is joy and consolation too, with Northland's Ripiro Beach at its heart.
Brave and honest, this memoir details a passionate search for identity and understanding that attempts to answer the universal question: why am I the way I am?
Well-written. We are a group of medically trained individuals who found this 'autobiography' raised many questions about timely health interventions. We felt the author was in a privileged position such that she could indulge herself while the rest of the family coped around her.
This book met with very mixed opinions. One member who had had a similar near-death experience felt Charlotte's story was self indulgent, and let her experience define her. There were flashes of beautiful word pictures and her descriptions of Ripiro Beach and its healing qualities was something we could identify with. However, overall we found it difficult to fully engage with the story.