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Circles: Diaries of an Inside Outsider, a memoir by Victoria Knight, tells of Victoria's difficult upbringing with her mother and stepfather in Colorado. She describes coming to grips with her sexuality and how she battled with herself and with God about accepting her just as He had made her. Throughout her childhood and early adult life, the one thing that kept her going was hope, and Circles is a memoir that breathed fervent hope into me. Victoria Knight, or Vic for short, stands tall in the face of great adversity and battles life head-on to overcome her self-imposed limits. The memoir starts with her running away from home and everything she knew and goes full circle to a wonderful and calm ending.
A brave, honest, and extremely open memoir, Circles: Diaries of an Inside Outsider is a powerful work that made me think about my own difficult memories and even set me on the path to healing old wounds. There are strong themes of wanting to be free and hope, adding great depth to Victoria Knight's book. I felt I was given space to draw my own conclusions about life and how to approach difficulties, and I would go so far as to say that it contains brilliant philosophical grounds for thinking or figuring things out. I felt at some stage that I didn't choose this book, but that it had chosen me (at the right time and in the right place). It is an exceptional memoir and left me with plenty to ponder. Thank you, Victoria Knight!