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Reader's Favorite Says:

"Long Enough to Love You is bold and cathartic ...The charming book cover sucks you into Jenn’s story, but it’s Pursell’s brilliant writing and wonderful storyline that compels you to stay, to follow Jenn’s story as she purges her emotions, and struggles to find herself again. it’s not just Jenn’s story, it's yours too."

Long Enough to Love You

Pursell's fourth novel is a women's coming-of-middle-age contemporary fiction novel that

challenges societal norms and middle-age stereotypes.

The Back Cover:

Jenn, fifty-something and empty-nesting, feels like a donut: whole on the outside but missing the middle. The deafening sound of silence in the picture-perfect, oversized home she shares with a husband who does not see her makes the voices arguing in her head hard to ignore. One voice tells her to stay because safe and simple is good; another says leave so you can be the version of yourself not defined by others. The thought of ever after without happily feels like purgatory.


The chance discovery of her long-forgotten diaries unearths memories of a first love long buried, reminders that the most beautiful love is sometimes wasted on the young. Her words become a very real reminder of everything first love had been when she reconnects with Tripp in unexpected ways.


Long Enough to Love You by Kirsten Pursell follows Jenn – a courageous yet vulnerable protagonist – as she dissects and unpacks her marriage in an emotional journey to stay true to herself despite societal norms and middle-age stereotypes that would suggest otherwise.

"This memoir is a compelling self-portrait of a spirited and sensitive woman when she's the most vulnerable. Highly recommended!​"

                                                                                 -Reader's Favorite Book Review


"A heartwarming personal memoir on the beauty of growing pains."
           "Reading Kirsten's innermost thoughts is amusing and cringey, dark and real."
"In an adult world of big issues, it remains a challenge for teenagers to bring their own struggles to the surface. Maybe for fear of being misunderstood, or for fear of being silenced. Refuge can be found in On Becoming Me and those fears might fade away, even if for a moment."
                                                                                   -Independent Book Review

“…a unique look back whose approach and format is a true gift to time-travel.”

“…consider(s) many questions about everything from relationships to moral development and social evolution.”

“…rare chronicles of experience that don’t come from the revised wisdom of hindsight.”

“One reason this is so powerful is the gift of consistency…this provides a uniformity of evolutionary growth as it depicts a timeline of change.”

                                                                        -D.Donovan, Sr. Reviewer,Midwest Book Review

"Author Kirsten Pursell opens up her "memory vault" in a raw, honest, coming-of-age memoir set against the backdrop of the 80's, that is relevant for all generations.

                                                                                     -Feathered Quill Book Review

Praise for On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager
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