“Held Together”, by Jenny Qaqundah, tells a villages account of a personal tragedy. While seemingly detailing the medical marvel that left Jenny Q with both of her legs and five fingers amputated, the book truly centers around the power of community and the strength people find in a time of tragedy.
Told from a dreamy collection of prose, poems and short chapters this book is enlightening, mystical and filled with beautiful details about the power of healing.
“Held Together” is raw, eloquent and sometimes brutal about the effects illness have on a family and the larger community. It is truly a book that you can’t get out of your mind and it will change the way you think and speak about disabilities.
“Held Together” will bring you to tears –– not from sadness but from the pure love that emerges amidst a terrible tragedy. Anyone who reads it will be incredibly thankful for the little amount of time you get to spend amongst the eccentric devotion that brings together Jenny Q’s community.