Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
A Divine Accident: A Memoir of Life, Love and Learning by Carol Sorkin Hunter is a beautifully written account of the author’s experiences growing up in first New York, then California, as the daughter of famed musician Barney Sorkin. From early on, Carol filled her emotional needs through food, her parents often being too busy to provide simple hugs. Throughout her life, the negative things she experienced were blocked out with sweet treats, ice cream, and chocolate. From her first marriage to a closet homosexual man to finding her Prince Charming, Carol struggled to find inner peace with herself, until discovering the Science of Mind faith and coming to terms with her own emotional insecurities, all the while interspersed with the trials of being a single parent to twin daughters.
I am not typically one to read memoirs, but I was pleasantly surprised to be drawn into Carol Sorkin Hunter’s life story. She expertly intersperses her own life experiences with commentary about the time, spanning from World War Two to the attack on the Twin Towers. I was thoroughly impressed with the descriptions of her experience with divorce, at a time when it wasn’t common practice, and how she was granted a second hearing due to using microphones to record her father-in-law admitting to lying in his testimony during the first. Carol Sorkin Hunter truly has had a bountiful and eventful life thus far. I found myself garnering inspiration from her words, having struggled with my own emotional burdens, often resorting to quick fixes in order to provide temporary relief. Her acronyms at the end were wonderful, and I will be using some of them in my own daily life from now on. A Divine Accident: A Memoir of Life, Love and Learning by Carol Sorkin Hunter is not only a brilliant account of a well-lived life, but an example of how we are all in charge of our own destinies, and our own happiness.