Joined May 5 2013
My book, Know that I have Lived, is about a curious little girl that scoops uptreasure, like a “marble” on a sidewalk and a toddler drowning in a stream. In third grade, Jill wins a bicycle that eventually leads to adventure and travel abroad. As a teenbabysitter, she unexpectedly takes care of a shooting victim and later comes toterms with the attraction of money. She determines life is not for the weak orthe artistic, but optimistically deals with setbacks while feeling the fear andliving anyway.
Know that I have Lived contains universal themes of curiosity, naivetéand self-discovery. The main character has a unique world view, such as likinghand-me-downs and valuing self-sufficiency. Despite a great work ethic, Jill’sresourcefulness and self-reliance are her downfall, as readers see in the finalchapter when she determines she has nowhere left to go but down – to the ultimate escape territory of the FloridaKeys.
The story travels fromthe Midwest to the Northeast to Florida, and from Switzerland to Italy andFrance as the girl moves with her family according to a corporation’s needs andexplores beyond America’s borders. Settings are richly conveyed as most evidentin the chapter, “Lemme Hole’ Your Peen-zel,” in which a seventh-grader cannotunderstand English spoken in her new hometown. At this point, resourcefulnessand self-sufficiency are a means of survival – as further shown in “I’ve Been Shot,” in which the teen displaysthe personal toll of handling life’s surprises.
Readers who enjoyedRobert Fulghum’s bestsellers, All I Needto Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Itwas on Fire When I Lay Down on It, will enjoy this memoir. Meaning in life,told with humor and compassion, has universal appeal and that is the aim: todelight readers everywhere. My website is www.jill-zima-borski.com.