I’ve just finished Elle Mott’s compulsively readable memoir, Out of Chaos, available August 9. My reaction is simple: Oprah, tell your schedulers you want Elle Mott on your show!
Out of Chaos is the real deal. It is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome family rejection, physical handicaps, alcoholism, abusive relationships, and homelessness. Her memoir also describes in heartbreaking terms what it’s like to work dehumanizing, minimum wage jobs that don’t pay enough to survive in an America most of us never glimpse.
But this memoir is more than that. Ms. Mott also describes her struggle to find not just a roof over her head and stability, but a life with meaning and purpose. This volume better portrays than anything I’ve ever read what it means to be on the knife’s edge between a helping hand and hunger and despair. It’s a narrative few in that situation would be able to tell so eloquently.
I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.