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This is exactly what I got with Full Circle by Pamela Lombana. In this memoir, Lombana describes to us, not only her experiences with her ex-husband, but also her coming of age where she witnessed the happenings of her parents' marriage. In giving us a glimpse of her background, we are able to see Lombana as more than just one experience, but rather, a collection of instances that have brought her to become who she is.
Lombana's writing is clear, direct, and easy to get engulfed in. She takes the reader on quite a journey of experience, longing, heartbreak, and hope. What I enjoyed the most was the language of hope that I read and felt throughout reading Full Circle. Even while reading Lombana's calamitous moments with her husband, there was still his feeling of faith and even optimism at times. This probably shone through because of Lombana's writing style. it made it easy to root for her and wish for her to be in a better situation.
Throughout her experiences with her husband and alcohol, there was also a sprinkling of knowing more about Lombana herself. From getting to know her family, to hearing her experiences with college life, and becoming a mother - there were so many pieces of information about her life that gave so much life to her writing.
I want to provide a trigger warning for individuals who may be sensitive in reading about alcoholism, and domestic abuse. If you are able to read about these topics without triggering, I truly recommend picking up this book. The subject may be heavy, but I came away from reading this book with one main feeling - there is hope.
Many thanks to Pamela Lombana for sharing her story with the world. May it encourage and educate.
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