The book's cover immediately captivated us, thanks to the realistic representation of a heart associated with an intriguing subtitle. However, "I am, I am, I am" wins us over by the way Maggie O'Farrell describes, in the first person, seventeen experiences in which she was confronted with death. "I am, I am, I am" is, in fact, a celebration of life and the learning we do throughout the years.
The seventeen shares are not in chronological order, but the reading does not get confusing because of it – after all, it is as if we were listening a cry from the heart of a woman who is close to us and who has decided to tell us an important piece of her story.
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The moments in which Maggie came face to face with death, in a more or less close way, are told with emotion (we can't imagine how it would be possible otherwise!) and subjects such as the loss of a baby, feminism, illness, goodbyes, and the fear that women still feel today when walking alone in the streets, are presented in a very real and cruel way – Maggie celebrates life, but knows that the outcome might not have been as positive as it was. These experiences changed her as a person and as a woman, but the author knows that not everyone has that opportunity.
It is very hard to put this book down, so get ready to read it in a couple of days. At Josefinas’ Book Club, we highlight the author's courage to share these most difficult moments and the strength she gives to many women who are going through – or have gone through – similar situations.
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