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I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl - A Memoir-logo

I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl - A Memoir

Kelle Groom

At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she'd never been able to experience before. She began drinking before class, often blacked out at bars, and fell into destructive relationships. At nineteen, already an out-of-control alcoholic, she was pregnant. Accepting the heartbreaking fact that she was incapable of taking care of her son herself, she gave him up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. They named him Tommy and took him home with them to Massachusetts. When he was nine months old, the boy was diagnosed with leukemia-but Kelle's parents, wanting the best for her, kept her mostly in the dark about his health. When Tommy died he was only fourteen months old. Having lost him irretrievably, Kelle went into an accelerating downward spiral of self-destruction. She emerged from this freefall only when her desire to stop drinking connected her with those who helped her to get sober. In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl explores the most painful aspects of Kelle's addiction and loss with unflinching honesty and bold determination. Urgent and vital, exquisite and raw, her story is as much about maternal love as it is about survival, as much about acceptance as it is about forgiveness. Kelle's longing for her son remains twenty-five years after his death. It is an ache intensified, as she lost him twice-first to adoption and then to cancer. In this inspiring portrait of redemption, Kelle charts the journey that led her to accept her addiction and grief and to learn how to live in the world. Through her family's history and the story of her son's cancer, Kelle traces with clarity and breathtaking grace the forces that shape a life, a death, and a literary voice.

At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she'd never been able to experience before. She began drinking before class, often blacked out at bars, and fell into destructive relationships. At nineteen, already an out-of-control alcoholic, she was pregnant. Accepting the heartbreaking fact that she was incapable of taking care of her son herself, she gave him up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. They named him Tommy and took him home with them to Massachusetts. When he was nine months old, the boy was diagnosed with leukemia-but Kelle's parents, wanting the best for her, kept her mostly in the dark about his health. When Tommy died he was only fourteen months old. Having lost him irretrievably, Kelle went into an accelerating downward spiral of self-destruction. She emerged from this freefall only when her desire to stop drinking connected her with those who helped her to get sober. In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl explores the most painful aspects of Kelle's addiction and loss with unflinching honesty and bold determination. Urgent and vital, exquisite and raw, her story is as much about maternal love as it is about survival, as much about acceptance as it is about forgiveness. Kelle's longing for her son remains twenty-five years after his death. It is an ache intensified, as she lost him twice-first to adoption and then to cancer. In this inspiring portrait of redemption, Kelle charts the journey that led her to accept her addiction and grief and to learn how to live in the world. Through her family's history and the story of her son's cancer, Kelle traces with clarity and breathtaking grace the forces that shape a life, a death, and a literary voice.
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At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she'd never been able to experience before. She began drinking before class, often blacked out at bars, and fell into destructive relationships. At nineteen, already an out-of-control alcoholic, she was pregnant. Accepting the heartbreaking fact that she was incapable of taking care of her son herself, she gave him up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. They named him Tommy and took him home with them to Massachusetts. When he was nine months old, the boy was diagnosed with leukemia-but Kelle's parents, wanting the best for her, kept her mostly in the dark about his health. When Tommy died he was only fourteen months old. Having lost him irretrievably, Kelle went into an accelerating downward spiral of self-destruction. She emerged from this freefall only when her desire to stop drinking connected her with those who helped her to get sober. In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl explores the most painful aspects of Kelle's addiction and loss with unflinching honesty and bold determination. Urgent and vital, exquisite and raw, her story is as much about maternal love as it is about survival, as much about acceptance as it is about forgiveness. Kelle's longing for her son remains twenty-five years after his death. It is an ache intensified, as she lost him twice-first to adoption and then to cancer. In this inspiring portrait of redemption, Kelle charts the journey that led her to accept her addiction and grief and to learn how to live in the world. Through her family's history and the story of her son's cancer, Kelle traces with clarity and breathtaking grace the forces that shape a life, a death, and a literary voice.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joyce Bean

Length:

8h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

34:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:26