After a series of traumatic events (including the end of a 15-year marriage and multiple sexual assaults), a woman discovers she must face the reality of her life, or end it. On a scrap of paper she writes "Reasons to Live." It stays blank for days. Then, she remembers her old dream: move to Europe. By pet-sitting in exchange for lodging, she makes this dream a reality, finding solace in exploring new landscapes and spending time with animals. Against a backdrop of fur-filled adventures and cultural revelations, she battles the demons of C-PTSD and grief as she attempts to rebuild her identity and her life.One Reason to Live embodies a visceral experience of living with psychiatric injury, combined with the power of radical acceptance, sweetened by the healing quality of animal companionship and the joy of embracing self-love.
"Christine’s wonderful travel stories, complete with a cast of adorable pets she takes care of, will have readers laughing, crying, and cheering.” ~Kristi Elizabeth, San Francisco Book Review
"...raw, tender, and ultimately, far more moving than anything I’ve read in the genre before...If you often find memoirs to be lacking in soul, give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!" ~Beatrice Toothman, Manhattan Book Review.
Content Warning: This is a tale about survival and grief. It contains references to (but not graphic descriptions of) sexual violence, child abuse, suicidal ideation, and self-injury. It also talks frankly about mental health, psychiatric injury, and profound grief.