Author: Allison Hammer
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Genre: Women’s fiction, Women’s Divorce Fiction
Pages: 400 pages
Average Rating: 4.20
“A powerful story of family and connection that is just as fun as it is heartbreaking. I didn’t want the story to end.” — Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and Everything After
Following her acclaimed debut novel, You and Me and Us, Alison Hammer offers a deeply moving story of family and identity. When a DNA test reveals a long-buried secret, a woman must look to the past to understand her mother and herself.
When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be a mistake. But as she digs deeper into her mother’s past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew. Could this be why Paige never felt like she fit in her family, and why her mother always seemed to keep her at an arm’s length? And what does it mean for Paige’s memories of her father, a man she idolized and whose death she is still grieving?
Back in 1975, Betsy Kaplan, Paige’s mom, is a straightlaced sophomore at the University of Kansas. When her sweet but boring boyfriend disappoints her, Betsy decides she wants more out of life, and is tired of playing it safe. Enter Andy Abrams, the golden boy on campus with a potentially devastating secret. After their night together has unexpected consequences, Betsy is determined to bury the truth and rebuild a stable life for her unborn child, whatever the cost.
When Paige can’t get answers from her mother, she goes looking for the only other person who was there that night. The more she learns about what happened, the more she sees her unflappable, distant mother as a real person faced with an impossible choice. But will it be enough to mend their broken relationship?
Told in dual timelines, Little Pieces of Me examines identity and how the way we define ourselves changes (or not) through our life experiences.
This book dealt with a lot of issues of identity, family, friendship and love, and it is one I absolutely recommend. I will be looking to read more from Alison Hammer in the future!
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Buddy Read Discussion Points
1. Have you sent your own DNA to one of those labs such as ancestry?
2. What would your reaction be if you found out you had a mystery relative?
3. What are your thoughts on the relationship between Paige and her mother?
4. What were your overall thoughts of the second half of the book?
5. What were your feelings on how Betsy handled her situation?
6. How would you have reacted if a friend pushed you like Max pushed Paige?
7. Did any of the reveals surprise you?
8. What rating would you give this book? What genre would you classify it as?
More Reader Highlights and Reviews
Alison Hammer’s Little Pieces of Me is such a tear-jerker, with raw emotions spilling left and right from start to finish! Her characters are well-developed and possessed distinct personalities…
I love this book. It felt real and relatable and will stick with me. It really made me question how I would handle this scenario, and, to tell you the truth, I can’t imagine making a DNA test public for matches because I’d be nervous about what might happen!@bookmom22
I absolutely loved this novel, the gradual unveiling of characters’ layers, the empathetic portrait of their mistakes and flaws, the small generosities that make such a difference.
Dual timelines, dual points of view, character driven, Jewish culture, family drama, and close friendships are all pieces of this great book. Together, all these pieces make for a book I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!@kimreadsandreads
I loved the dual timeline for the story, it is woven together perfectly and as the story thickens, I found myself wanting to turn the pages faster and faster to find out Paige’s choices.@stumblingintobooks
Holy cow is it good!@whatlizziereads
This book was so compelling that it sparked such a lively discussion in our buddy read as to our feelings about the characters and how we would act in a similar situation.@texicalibooks
ALL THE STARS! This was such an engaging story that captivated me from first page to the very last.@berittalksbooks
About the Author
Alison Hammer has been spinning words to tell stories since she learned how to talk. A graduate of the University of Florida and the Creative Circus in Atlanta, she lived in 9 cities before settling down in Chicago. During the day, Alison is a VP Creative Director at FCB Chicago, but on nights and weekends you can find her writing upmarket women’s fiction. Alison is represented by Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency. Her debut novel, “You and Me and Us” is out now from William Morrow (HarperCollins). Little Pieces of Me is also available now from William Morrow (HarperCollins).