This book left me wanting more. I didn't want it to end. Anne Bernard Becker has woven a tapestry of family nuances and suppressed feelings in a manner totally relatable to so many of us who were raised in families where unspeakable pain was never mentioned, let alone dealt with in any real way. Her raw honesty and eloquent writing make for smooth, more-hungered-for reading.
She has also managed to remind so many of us of the time when days were simpler, full of hide and seek at dusk, and long, playful days when imagination counted for something vastly different from what it means today.
This is a wonderful read.
Sheila O'Brien Kennedy
Explore the mystery of the ghost in Anne's computer on Anne's "Short Pieces" webpage.
Ollie Ollie In Come Free
Is it possible to re-awaken the forgotten world of childhood? In Ollie Ollie In Come Free author Anne Bernard Becker takes the reader down such a rabbit hole.
Based on her years in psychoanalysis as an adult, the book is an intimate immersion in the quirky, whimsical world of the introspective young narrator. Amid the profound cultural shifts from 1955 to 1970, the author's spirited Catholic family faces their own unique challenges. Their emotional numbing in the aftermath of three tragic losses haunts Anne as she grows into adulthood.
Ollie Ollie In Come Free offers a fresh, compassionate exploration of such important themes as the toll of unexpressed grief on young children, the power of sibling interactions, the developmental impact of religion, and adolescent ambivalence toward being seen. The book recreates a lively universe that many readers will find uncannily familiar.
Now updated and newly released as an audiobook, narrated by the author