Of the Pittsburgh author, she writes:
Readers who wander into Lori Jakiela’s world fall into a broken-in honesty, full of warmth and wit. It’s like hanging with your best friend, only with more wry humor, withering candor and the lack of affect which is the best of the rust belt.
Jody encapsulates Jakiela’s memoir perfectly:
The book centers around the search for her birth mother and all the unexpected places the search leads her. Though anchored in a specific period of Jakiela’s life, it moves in time, swimming through childhood memories, grappling with the death of her father, and then the death of her mother (her real mother, she notes) and the challenges of being a mother, herself.