“A beautifully written meditation…Her courage will lend great strength to other sufferers.” – New York Times Book Review

“The writing stuns us with its immediacy and sharp, urgent focus…An extraordinary tale of a young pianist’s struggle.” – San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“When she writes about music…the words sing.” The Boston Globe

“Cutting writes with simple candor and elegant prose…A powerful piece from the dark melodies and painful dissonances of her lost childhood.” – Washington Post Book World

“Linda Cutting demonstrates an honesty about the interplay of art and madness.” – Portland Oregonian

“…wrenching, articulate, expressively titled memoir.” – Publishers Weekly

“In her writing, Linda Cutting displays the same grace, thoughtfulness and talent that she’s always brought to her music-making. With courageous candor, Linda has shone light into the darker corners of her own compelling life, and we, the readers, are richer for it.” – John Williams, Academy Award-winning composer and conductor laureate, The Boston Pops Orchestra

“This is a mesmerizing story about the loss of music and innocence and very nearly the self; and the subsequent recovery of all those things. It is testimony to the power of Linda Cutting’s writing that the same book that tears at your heart can, in the end, make it rise up with gladness.” – Elizabeth Berg, author of The Confession Club and other novels

“What survivors want is to go beyond their trauma into healing. Linda Cutting’s understated reserve and dignity in the way she tells her story are very special…this wonderful book is not about an issue—it’s a human story.  I stayed up all night reading it and couldn’t put it down.” Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal

“Memory Slips is beautifully–indeed musically—written. Linda Cutting’s masterful interweaving of two lives—one lived in music, the other in pain—has the remarkable dual effect of setting this incest survivor’s story in sharp-edged relief and still presenting a ray of hope and self-redemption…” Keith Lockhart, Conductor, The Boston Pops Orchestra


Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award (Memory Slips)
Borders Books Original Voices Award (Memory Slips)
ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award for excellence in books on music (Memory Slips)
Finalist for Audie Award (Memory Slips HarperAudio, reading and piano performances by Linda Katherine Cutting)
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Media Award for best written book on trauma and dissociation (Memory Slips)
Winner of Muse Flash Contest for the Drum Literary Magazine (“What Matters”)

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