Goodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg

Goodbye, Sweet Girl

“It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That’s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg’s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself bare, how she did not demonize a man who deserves to be demonized. Instead, she offers a portrait of a broken man and a broken marriage and an abiding love, what...


Details Goodbye, Sweet Girl

TitleGoodbye, Sweet Girl
ISBN9780062497673
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherHarper
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, Biography
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Reviews Goodbye, Sweet Girl

  • Roxane
    1970-01-01
    It is a hell of a thing to write about brutality and suffering with strength, grace, generosity and beauty. That’s precisely what Kelly Sundberg has done in her gripping memoir about marriage and domestic violence. Sundberg’s honesty is astonishing, how she laid so much of herself bare, how she did not demonize a man who deserves to be demonized. Instead, she offers a portrait of a broken man and a broken marriage and an abiding love, what it...
  • Rebecca Thomas
    1970-01-01
    I have taught Sundberg's "It Will Look Like a Sunset" in my composition classes ever since the essay came out. Every semester, the essay enables important discussions about abuse, agency, and craft. Every semester, I have students who feel empowered enough to share their story. Every semester, I have students who say that this essay changed their way of thinking. This is the power of Sundberg's work: it is both beautifully written while simultane...
  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes I want to let a book sit with me. I have to let it sink in deeply and observe how it feels in my tissues and bones before I write about it. First off, let me say that Kelly Sundberg is a courageous, talented, skilled and generous writer--it's why I've so admired her blog through the years. You are in good hands here, readers. Kelly Sundberg was married to a mercurial, abusive writer who was, at the beginning, ahead of her on the success...
  • Barbara Senteney
    1970-01-01
    I am not giving this book 5 stars because of the writing. The writing style is simple but surprisingly open and candid. I gave this book 5 stars because of the courage it takes to open ones whole life up to be viewed, criticized and picked part by the hungry for blood masses. To bare ones soul and admit to the shame of abuse and lay it out there before the world to step on like a rug after being walked on in life takes a special soul.It takes a s...
  • Renee
    1970-01-01
    GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is a vivid, beautifully composed memoir about Kelly Sundberg’s tumultuous marriage to an abusive man. The narrative evokes feelings of remorse, uncertainty, and later, empowerment. It’s a compelling read, and although the disjointed timeline proves difficult to follow at times, I finished this book with a full heart.
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    I wanted my compassion to be enough to spare him any more pain. I was a woman full of wants who wanted to love someone in a way that would heal us both.This is a really important book, and I so admire Kelly Sundberg. This isn't some book about a waif-like woman who apologizes for everything, the perfect, blameless victim. Sundberg fights back.Please don't read that and think Sundberg is not a victim. She is. It took her years to even consider tha...
  • Marika
    1970-01-01
    Author Sundberg writes chillingly about being married to a violent, yet brilliant man and how she came to be with him. What is unusual is that she did not come from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family, which is the backdrop to so many of these stories of abuse. She writes clearly about how she was able to love her husband, and even protect him, as he abused her. Beautifully, yet compactly written by a woman who had had enough.I read an advance ...
  • Sarah Beth
    1970-01-01
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. This memoir details the author's marriage to a man full of contradictions. Caleb was a loving father and very hands' on around the house. Yet he could also fly into rages and grow violent towards his wife Kelly. In this account, in candid prose, she describes the years' long process of working to fix her marriage, laying blame on herself when the cycle continued, and ultimately...
  • Gina
    1970-01-01
    I received an advanced proof of this book as part of a giveaway on behalf of Goodreads and I am so, so grateful that I was able to read this. Roxane Gay's review really nails it- this book is gripping and honest and so, so powerful. Sundberg writes from a place of understanding, for both herself and others, when she could easily write with anger and fury. Her clear, candid prose shows how difficult it is for abused partners to leave relationships...
  • Andrienne
    1970-01-01
    This memoir has so much honesty and raw emotion. It’s a difficult topic but the author doesn’t shy away from laying bare the journey that put her in a position where she went from an eager woman who wanted to love and be loved to someone who had to hide bruises. She parts the cover with finesse to report on how abuse can enter a seemingly loving relationship. She pulls apart the facets of what makes a woman, a strong woman and what makes a ma...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    I was so thrilled to snag an ARC of this book. I've been dying to read this book since I read Sundberg's gorgeous essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset," and this book didn't disappoint. Gorgeous, finely carved prose (each word feels deliberate), and unputdownable. Although this is a book about domestic violence, the abuse itself doesn't actually take up much space on the page. The book is about so much more than that. (But boy do I hope they edit th...
  • Allison
    1970-01-01
    I could barely put the ARC down. GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL is just so well-written and well-paced, so thoroughly vivid and lyrical and engrossing. I read the last four chapters in a blur, crying and cheering Sundberg on. A memoir of strength and survival that is not to be missed.
  • Carly Thompson
    1970-01-01
    Very well written memoir about surviving domestic violence.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    So far - this book is phenomenal. I won this as an ARC through Goodreads and it has been hard to put down. Kelly Sundberg writes so extremely well. So excited to continue reading this!I just finished reading - literally seconds ago. Wow. I am so utterly impressed with Kelly’s ability to confront all of the challenges of both her relationship and the perceptions of those around her. This book made me feel gutted and then free! I would recommend ...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book, although it was a very difficult subject matter for me, as I was also in an abusive marriage. I found myself paying attention to all the red flags before they even happened, because I have been there. I couldn't read this book at night, as I didn't want to trigger my memory and have nightmares, so it took me a little longer to read, as I read it in stages. Very raw and emotional book. I recommend it to anyone who is in this t...