Outstanding memoir for fans of Cheryl Strayed, Jeannette Walls, Annie Dillard
In one sentence: Outstanding, beautiful, witty memoir about rediscovering yourself and God through unplugging from the internet and connecting with nature. Buy it now.
Full Review: Every now and again there comes a memoir so insightful and beautiful you wish you could press it into the hands of everyone you know and say, ‘Eat this. It will nourish you.’ This, and more, is What Falls from the Sky.
Right now, Esther lives on her own land in an mountain in the US, drinking her own goats’ milk, and using a bicycle-powered washing machine. But a decade ago she was a very different person – a workaholic successful theatre director, surrounded by people. This story is how, after a personal crisis, in a new place with no friends, she took a year off the internet (not just social media, but no email, not even using credit cards), and in the solitude reconnected with herself, the natural world, and God.
Like Wild or Glass Castle, Esther has a dry wit, immaculate storytelling with lean and elegant prose, and I often found myself oscillating between laughing aloud and wiping tears from my eyes. It is a gripping read, and I gobbled it up in two days. Read it for the insights into the impact of the social media revolution, the split between Generation X and Y, the spiritual value of silence, what the mess of love and forgiveness looks like in practice, and the understated, beautiful love story that is interwoven throughout.
I have a photo of myself as a sobbing mess at the end of the book, because it moved me so much. Buy it immediately – I would put good money on it being the best memoir you’ve read for a very long time. Highly recommended