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Reviews of Alchemy of Loss

“Eloquent and honest… Reading it is like sitting at your own kitchen table listening to Abigail Carter’s story, a story that is unnerving, uplifting and occasionally humorous… remarkable.” — Globe and Mail (full review)

“She delves deeply into herself and gives us the unvarnished truth about what she felt… It’s a book that will be helpful to people suffering sudden and terrible loss.” — Niagara This Week (full review)

“Ms. Carter is scrupulously honest, not sparing herself or others when it comes to descriptions of reactions, of situations handled well, or not so well.” — Peterborough Examiner

“An honest, painfully frank, often sad and sometimes even humorous recounting of Ms. Carter’s journey through grief.” — Northumberland News (full review)

“What an eloquent, brave and (even) occasionally comic account Abigail Carter has given us of her zigzagging odyssey through the country of mourning. No mourner has it easy, but Carter’s tasks were daunting — to mother two suddenly fatherless children, to find her own way through the strife that bereavement brings to her parents and mother-in-law, and to disentangle her personal grief from the national mourning. Through it all, she is a generous, nuanced and admirably honest guide.” — Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Mourner’s Dance

“A beautiful example of what is possible when we allow suffering to reshape our idea of happiness.” — Maria Housden, author of Hannah’s Gift

“MAGNIFICENT! One of the most beautiful, engaging, exquisitely crafted books I have ever read! Abigail Carter warmly and courageously invites us into the heart of her intensely private grief – a grief we all shared, but, perhaps, never tasted so fully until now. THE ALCHEMY OF LOSS is both a vivid chronicle of an intensely painful moment in history, and a precious insight into the very real, personal journey of one whose heart was torn open by the events of September 11, 2001. The writing is superb. The story is riveting. And the reader is blessed to be offered such a clear depiction of the amazingly resilient human heart going about its miraculous work of healing – with abundant compassion – one of the greatest losses a member of the human family can face. BRAVO!” — John E. Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren’t
Answered and Awakening from Grief

The Alchemy of Loss is a beautifully written account of one woman’s journey through grief. Anyone who has faced enormous loss is sure to find some of their experience articulated in Carter’s intimate and candid memoir. It is a book full of tenderness, anger and —ultimately— hope, and one I imagine one friend will give another in times of hardship and loss.” — Theo Pauline Nestor, author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed