Genre: Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has isolated himself to such a degree that his human contact is barely more than an hour a day. While lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who, for the last five years, has bounced from foster home to foster home. She has come to live with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither one quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other?
Love and kindness are two powerful tools when it comes to helping someone or overcoming issues of your own. The author has used those tools to show us two people struggling yet reaching out to each other. Brian has several issues that make it almost impossible for him to interact with people. Then he meets Abigail who has been in foster home after foster home. Now she lives with an aunt and uncle and must learn to trust and accept their love for her. She and Brian meet and click and through their interactions they each begin to find peace and healing. This story is told from Brian’s perspective. We watch him as he seeks help through a therapist and takes each painful step. There is so much here that I am sure every reader will find themselves relating to Brian. For those of us who have had to seek help for issues similar to this it is both healing and painful to read. I will definitely read more books by this author.