(Leslie was one of my mentors in Converse’s MFA program)
This Angel on My Chest by Leslie Pietrzyk is a collection of linked short stories is both difficult to read and hard to put down. It is difficult to read because it is based on Leslie’s own life–becoming a widow at a young age–and entering into the grief of each of these women is a hard thing. But also a wonderful thing as each story is told in a different format, with a different point of view.
Pietrzyk’s writing draws the reader into the small orbit of each woman’s struggle with the unexpected death of a loved one–how does one continue on when such a devastating event threatens to bury you as well? But each character does, in her own way and in her own time.