Ann Carbine Best portrays herself, and those who shared her journey, with unflinching honesty. That’s no easy task for the memoirist. Her paucity of description and her generous use of dialogue keep the story moving. Ultimately, I was left awed by the resiliency of this author’s spirit. In the Mirror is a must-read for anyone who thinks they can’t handle what life offers. Eternity is a long, long time. Ann Best has a firm grasp on its tail, and I don’t expect she will ever let go. ~Diane Marcou, Author of The Smuggler’s Ghost and Once Upon an Evil Time
The quality that rings true through Ann Carbine Best’s memoir is its fundamental honesty. Her spare yet gently compelling prose lays bare the thoughts and feelings of a woman left to deal with the aftermath when she discovers that her husband—the father of her children—is gay. By the time we’ve finished traveling with Ann Best on her personal journey of thirty-odd years, we feel that we’ve made a new and valued friend. ~Jonathan Langford, Author of No Going Back
This skillfully written page-turner, first novel of award-winning poet and story writer Ann Carbine Best, is a courageous memoir of loss and pain that affirms our ability to recover, survive, and move on. ~Maureen Derrick Keeler Professor of English and Literature
In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets is a frank and engaging memoir, one in which the author, with a gift for understatement and quiet but powerful prose, recalls her dramatic life with an in-your-face honesty that gut-punches the reader. ~Steve Walker, author of The Power of Tolkien’s Prose and Seven Ways of Looking at Susanna.
The writing is brilliant, the dialogue natural and unforced. Ann Carbine Best portrays her experiences with such skill that I suspect readers who have never experienced a gay or alcoholic husband or a brain-injured daughter will be able to relate to her as she struggles to provide a stable center for her children in the midst of chaos. ~Colleen K. Whitley, Author, Editor, and Retired English Professor
Ann Carbine Best’s moving, inspiring, and candid memoir In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets, is a simply told yet eloquent story of a woman whose mortal journey takes her through a series of life-shattering crises, each of which could break any one of us. Her mirror of well-intended choices becomes a cautionary tale about how bad choices shatter, crack and distort one’s own and others’ mirrors and lives. It may not have been the story Ann Best had hoped to write, but it is the actual story of how she coped—and triumphed—on “this fallen world” we call Earth. ~Richard H. Cracroft, Author, Editor, and Chair of Brigham Young University’s English Department and Dean of the College of Humanities.