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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
What makes a successful memoir, one that others outside your immediate family might want to read? In my experience as a memoir writing coach, it takes the courage to bare your soul, tell the truth, and, above all, have a story to share to which strangers can relate because their untold secrets may be similar to yours, or at least as difficult to tell. That is exactly what Patricia Grayhall has done with Making The Rounds.
Writing under a pen name, Patricia gave me an insider’s look at a lifestyle I have always been curious about - lesbianism. With all the political and religious arguments and media sensationalism surrounding gay pride, those of us who aren’t part of that lifestyle get such a distorted view of the realities. We have no idea of the painful struggles those belonging to the LGBTQ community have faced, both historically and currently. Thanks to Patricia’s raw honesty about how early in her life she recognized her attraction to females, her mother’s expectations of her as a pretty female, and her desperate attempts with men to be “straight” that resulted in an abortion, I am vastly enlightened. Even more mind-blowing for me was what Patricia experienced in her career…medicine. Her grueling schedule was one thing, but what she encountered thanks to homophobic attitudes truly angered me.
What was most touching about Patricia’s story was her unrelenting, heartbreaking search for a life partner. It took years of painful relationships and breakups to realize she didn’t know what she was looking for. In her unpretentious, conversational style, she placed her often jumbled emotions on the table for us all to read. But as we memoir readers always hope, Patricia gave us her happy ending. Bravo! Congratulations, Patricia Grayhall, on writing a most successful memoir.