In this alluring part memoir, part literary biography, Mills deftly triangulates her own experience of caring for a mentally distressed father with stories of two other carers: Leonard Woolf, devoted husband to Virginia, and F Scott Fitzgerald, husband and ill-equipped carer to Zelda. While Mills doesn't shy away from the hardships and privations, she also provides a powerful and uplifting testament to the precious consolation that can come from caring for another person.
The Fragments of My Father is a brave and original book filled with all kinds of glittering fragments — personal, literary and political. Sam Mills writes YA novels, and her creative imagination never leaves her, even at her lowest, when she feels the responsibility is killing her. It is not a how-to manual, but a powerful exploration of loving and giving.