“An important story, heartbreakingly vivid, and beautifully told.” —Jane Bernstein, author of Bereft: A Sister's Story
“Painful secrets are brought to light in this rueful, honest account.” —Publishers Weekly
“Secret Girl is an unwaveringly courageous, wisely seen, and gorgeously written book about family secrets, indelible loss, and the healing power of reconciliation that stands equal to groundbreaking memoirs like Kathryn Harrison's The Kiss, and Lucy Grealey's Autobiography of a Face.” —Julie Checkoway, author of the forthcoming book and director of the forthcoming documentary Waiting for Hockney
“Molly Bruce Jacobs takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the range of emotions a family experiences when the parents choose to institutionalize their daughter.” —Steve Morgan, executive director, the Arc of Baltimore
“Secret Girl is a compelling evocation of the dynamics of one family around an invisible sister tucked away into an institution, and the long journey of the author to claim her sister, and claim herself. This is a memorable book...The author's accurate eye and deep desire for truth make this book a necessary one to enter, a great visit to the birth of love between sisters, and to its persistence.” —Anya Achtenberg, Zoetrope Award-winning author and poet
“The author writes effortless prose....One of the things that amazed me was the beauty of many of the images. And those images come with a precise dissection of the characters' lives…This is wonderful work.” —Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World, on Small Burials
Molly Bruce Jacobs's short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and her articles and essays have appeared in AARP The Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Redbook, and various other publications. Berfore turning to writing full-time, Jacobs practiced law in Baltimore, Maryland. She now divides her time between western Massachusetts and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.