Kari O'Driscoll is a writer and mother of two living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of The SELF Project, an organization whose goal is to help teenagers, teachers, and caregivers of teens use mindfulness and nonviolent communication to build better relationships.
This memoir unwinds one woman's reckoning with her family. In the opening pages, a young Kari O'Driscoll attempts to make things easier for her family after a divorce and the loss of a sibling -- an adopted brother who is sent back to the agency -- tear her household apart. The pain of a child dealing with loss is palpable. Yet, as years progress in Truth Has a Different Shape, we follow O'Driscoll as she discovers how to heal herself. --Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter: A Memoir Buzzfeed O'Driscoll rearranges the traumas of her childhood to skillfully examine her own roles as mother, thinker, partner, and artist. This book has grit, integrity, and a heroine with the drive to stop being the woman who fixes it all, fixes other, fixes the past to live in her body and her words with resolve and dignity. In Truth Has a Different Shape, O'Driscoll emerges with an extra layer of skin and a narrative that honors all survivors, whether codependent or alienated from family and society. --Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter: A Memoir