Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer
Publisher: William Morrow • Publication Date: April 13, 2021
I read Little Pieces of Me at the end of 2020 and I can’t wait any longer to rave about this book that comes out on April 13, because I loved it!
I thought this was such a powerful and emotional book with Paige discovering that her deceased father may not be her biological father thanks to a DNA website she participated in when working on their advertising campaign. When the website tells her that she has a parental match to Andy Abrams, a man she has never heard of, Paige questions her mother who shuts the questioning down. Determined to figure out why she felt like her mother never truly loved her and why she always felt different growing up, Paige sets out to find out the truth of her paternity.
The book is told in dual timelines, present day as Paige unravels her paternity and in the 1970’s when her parents and Andy were sophomores in college. I enjoyed how even when the story switched back and forth between timelines, it flowed easily. There is a lot of emotion in this book, not just with Paige’s world being turned upside down with her paternity, but with her relationship with her mother. The interactions between them brought me to tears a few times with how much you could tell that they love each other but didn’t know how to express it to the other correctly.
One thing I was pleasantly surprised about as Jewish reviewer who is always seeking out Jewish books, was that this was a Jewish story. I had no idea about that when I requested this book on NetGalley since it is never once mentioned in the synopsis. I liked the ties of Judaism that were sprinkled throughout.
Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.