You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Books

Book review

‘With or Without You’ by Domenica Ruta

In the opening pages of her bracingly funny and poignant memoir, Domenica Ruta plunges readers into the maelstrom of her turbulent family life.

As she recalls the events, which transpired when she was 4 or 5, her mother grabs a poker from the fireplace, orders the child into their decrepit car, drives a few miles, stops, and beats in the windshield of a red car belonging to her brother’s ex-girlfriend. It cracks, but fails to shatter.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week