Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite authors, and I recently had the chance to see her speak at a local bookstore. She talked about how her latest novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, was inspired by her own experiences growing up with a father suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While reading the book, I could definitely tell that it came from a personal place. In typical Anderson style, the writing is jarring and the emotions are raw. While it is not my favorite book of hers, it was definitely a fascinating and absorbing read.