Loss Adjustment

LOSS ADJUSTMENT by Linda Collins. I simultaneously knew I had to read this, and also put it off for months. The book sets out the reflections of a Kiwi expat in Singapore, whose daughter ended her own life, aged 17, leaving behind distraught parents and luminously written teenage journals.

A book which would move anyone, I think, but which presents a particularly terrifying journey for a parent. I wept more or less continuously for the first third, and then later every few pages. Creating this was an extraordinary and generous act of observation. Details catalogued with knife-sharp lucidity, each one exposing another facet of pain. Read it.