In her verse memoir Orphans, Joan Cusack Handler tackles the big subjects – family history, aging parents, Irish Catholicism, belief and unbelief, and her own impending mortality – with a fierce, wrenching fearlessness.
—Elizabeth Spires, poet
A hauntingly moving and honest collection, Joan Cusack Handler captures intimate experiences of love and loss and love again…Digging deep into her soul, she creatively transforms conscious and unconscious moments into luminous poetry.
Literary Editor, Psychoanalytic Perspectives
Molly rated 5 Stars – It was amazing Joan Cusack Handler’s parents are so vivid in this memoir that they fly off the page. How often in a daughter’s memoir—here a memoir of her Irish Catholic parents, new to New York and bringing up a…