Author: Angie Sarich
Published: Colonus House Publishing; 2010
Synopsis: A Memoir. "Taking the combat death of her uncle as the beginning point, Angie investigates in her memoir the nature of loss and its effect on the human spirit by exploring the stories of three generations of her family and of the people of Parma." Set in Parma, Idaho, USA.
My Take: You may not know this about me, but I was born in Idaho. I don't meet many people these day who are from Idaho, even though I still live on the West Coast, so I enjoyed getting to read a book set in Idaho. It was like taking a little vacation back to Idaho. I spent most of my childhood summers in Idaho's panhandle.
Sarich's memoir, set in Parma, Idaho, near Boise in the south of Idaho. A small town, it is where she grew up and where much of her family did as well. Leaving Parma is a look back on those who have come before and the effects of one man's death on all of her family members: her uncle Craig, who died in the Vietnam war.
I love memoirs and I appreciate any look on family and struggles with loss and life but I felt that Sarich's premise was almost a reason to write a book, rather than a natural memoir. Sarich's uncle passed before she was ever born, so while there were memories of him being talked about when she was alive, his life and loss where not something that directly affected her. I felt that she needed some sadness of her own to talk about or else it was too much of a story to draw out.
Regardless, if you enjoy memoirs set in small towns, or perhaps have lost family members in the Vietnam War then this memoir might be one you could relate to even more.
Cover Lust: I thought this was the perfect cover! Sarich mentioned throughout this book that this was the house that many of the main characters grew up in.