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Critical Praise

“Burns writes with considerable humor, albeit much of it dark, and her frankness is admirable. This is a disturbing, moving and thought-provoking book.”

——Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant

“Burns is able to view [relationship with her mother] with poignant affection as well as uncompromising honesty and biting humor. An enthralling read.”

——Library Journal

“[A] no-nonsense, irreverent voice is just one of many pleasures in It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks … [A] deeply honest and ultimately tender book.”

——Pam Houston, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Burns’s vignettes are wry and touchingly authentic.”

——Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

“It’s unsparingly honest, heartbreakingly true and very, very funny.”

——Ann La Farge, Taconic Newspapers

“Burns’s prose is terrifically engaging and unfailingly humorous… This is a book that shows the reader what family really means.”

——Naomi Rand, The Boston Globe