The Art of Reassembly: A Memoir of Early Mother Loss and Aftergrief


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Peg Conway earned a master's in journalism and worked in corporate communication before focusing on raising her family. Now she writes and practices energy healing in Cincinnati, OH, where she also volunteers at a children's grief center. Her essays about early mother loss and long-term grieving have appeared at The Manifest-Station, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Mighty. Peg and her husband have three grown children and one grandchild. She lives in Cincinnati, OH.


2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in Parenting/Family (Non-Fiction)

2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Memoirs (Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy)

brave and beautifully written memoir that shows anyone who lost a
parent as a child how to move forward, even decades later. By sharing
her moving search for healing and answers, Peg Conway gives the reader
the best gift of all: wisdom."

--Michael Hainey, New York Times best-selling author of After Visiting Friends

"Motherless daughters acquire a very specific wisdom at an early age, and Peg Conway knows this well. The Art of Reassembly is
her poignant exploration of how the early loss of her mom reverberated
throughout her life. In this beautifully crafted memoir, Conway takes
readers on her journey of reconnection as we watch her 'graft myself
back to that original branch.' She speaks for so many of us on these

--Hope Edelman, New York Times best-selling author of Motherless Daughters

"Peg Conway has written a memoir sure to resonate with those who
experienced the death of a parent as a child. We are taken along on her
adult journey as the 'Inner Lost Girl' confronts the grief of losing her
mother at the age of seven. Many will recognize themselves as the
'Responsible Girl' and relate to the painful secondary losses that a
death sets in motion. Peg brings to life the challenges and needs of
grieving children and helps create much-needed awareness by sharing her
own story so bravely."

--Vicky Ott, MA, LPCC-S; executive director of Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children

"The Art of Reassembly teaches readers how to pick up the pieces
in the aftermath of grief and have self-compassion along the way. If you
have yearned to be seen and understood while in the depths of loss,
read this beautifully written memoir, and you will feel lonely no

--Nadine Kenney Johnstone, author of Of This Much I'm Sure and host of the Heart of the Storypodcast

"From the opening paragraph, these pages hold readers in a gentle but
firm grip. Peg Conway brings a striking blend of keen self-knowledge,
profound empathy, and detective-like determination to her quest to piece
together a more complete story of the reaches of unacknowledged grief.
With unwavering honesty, Conway is unafraid to reveal her own humanness
and how the 'happy ending' she grew up believing impacted her own
development into adulthood. Deftly written and deeply insightful, this
book invites readers on a journey of discovery and the healing power of
self-compassion and truth. A stunning memoir."

--Jena Schwartz, writing coach and author of Why I Was Late for Our Meeting