Book: Eighteen Inches: The Distance Between the Heart and the Mind by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol
Release date: September 15, 2020
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Source: Net Galley
This book shook me to my core. I had yet to read poetry and prose as powerful and relatable as this collection. There were so many truths spoken that my heart broke both for myself and the author. Then with those same words she brought hope and light and stitched my heart back together again. The formatting of this book was a mix of prose which was written like a memoir about the author’s experiences and then followed by poetry. The poetry was of course stunning in itself. It was powerful and packed a punch. However, the parts that really got me, surprisingly was the prose. I don’t read memoirs and the style of the prose read like one, but I didn’t mind it one bit because each word that was articulated by the author was meant to be there, meant to open the reader’s heart to their own experiences that were similar. Each prose piece felt like I was reading a moment out of a fictional story instead of someone’s actual life. The themes of this book centered around love, all kinds of it, romantic, platonic, familial, etc. It filled my own heart with so much hope it genuinely might have burst. But these weren’t the only themes. Marmol was successfully able to intertwine her life experiences with huge life lessons that really opened my eyes to a whole new perspective to view the world from. I found a piece of myself in each of her stories even though they were personal ones, there was a part of each that I read over and over and took me into my own mind through my own memories. I’m just in awe of the writing and how much I fell in love with this book. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was completely captivated the whole time and though there were some ideas that I didn’t necessarily agree with, it was a perspective that I appreciated and could implement into my own life. This book will remain on my mind for a long time.