I really enjoyed this memoir. Smith writes so wonderfully that I would just open this book and fall right in to the place, the people, the challenges Smith so eloquently describes. I was particularly struck by the conflict that occupies much of the second half of the book. How do you move away from everything you’ve known to try to find yourself without it seeming like a betrayal? Then something happens in Smith’s life – which I won’t spoil here – that makes this conflict more urgent.

Great poet; great memoirist. What’s next?