Book Review: Field’s Gold

In Pieces

In Pieces by Sally Field

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Based on Sally Field’s acting chops, it’s clear there’s a real depth that she pulls from, but I hadn’t given much thought to her background and/or learning more about it. I read this book because my cousin had suggested it to me and I’m a sucker for memoirs. It’s shocking that this is Field’s first book; it’s just so good that it’s hard to believe she hadn’t been honing her skills for decades. (Though I suppose she has, just in a different form of storytelling.)

I don’t want to give too much away here, but I want to emphasize that this book was artfully done, the word “crafted” comes to mind. While she shares a great deal about the misdeeds done to her over the course of her childhood, Field isn’t shy when it comes to her own humility, owning her missteps and sharing vulnerable personal stories.

I couldn’t put this book down and I encourage pretty much everyone I know to read it. Here’s an exchange between Sally and her mom from the beginning of the book that stayed with me. I think it’s a near perfect literary excerpt:

“’You were magical.’ I whispered back, ‘I was?’ Then everything was dark again and I could barely see her at all. ‘What does that mean?’ I asked. ‘Just that.’ Another flash of headlights lit up the front seat and I could see her mouth edging toward a smile, the light bleaching her beautiful face white, then slowly fading to black.”

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