"A gut-wrenching, wildly inspiring story about overcoming the most daunting obstacles through steely tenacity, sheer will, and a great big dose of motherly love."
—Jeannette Walls, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
"Unexpectedly powerful...I couldn't put this memoir down. It's as true a tale of grit as I've ever heard, with a message filled with triumph and beauty—that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, if we are loved."
—Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit
“An inspirational, empowering chronicle...While the story of the author's lifesaving adoption is heartfelt and touching, her journey to unprecedented athletic success is the thrilling heart of the memoir....[The book] also serves as a powerful teaching tool for younger readers facing similar circumstances.”
"Oksana Masters’ riveting journey of survival, perseverance, and triumph is much more than an uplifting sports story. From the darkness and despair of life in a Ukrainian orphanage to the top of the Paralympic medal podium, Masters has written a story for our times. She is a remarkable athlete. She is a heroic and trailblazing woman. She is an American treasure."
—Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, author of Best Seat in the House, and commentator for CNN, ABC News, and PBS NewsHour
"Heart wrenching and extraordinary. The Hard Parts is a remarkable memoir of coping with trauma, but it's mostly about courage and achieving the impossible. I'm completely in awe of Oskana and her resilience—what an inspiration."
—Ariana Neumann, New York Times bestselling author of When Time Stopped
“Gripping, powerful, and inspiring. As a fellow athlete, I appreciate the commitment and discipline it takes to succeed, but Oksana is on another level altogether. “
—Tony Hawk, 16-time X Game Medalist in skateboarding
“Powerful… This book is not only for sports fans but also for the multitude of readers who will likely want to learn more about this remarkable and courageous woman. Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“The Hard Parts takes us from heartache to courage, from crushing disabilities to exemplary talents, from hopelessness to sky-high aspiration. Here is a young woman who persists with a fierce, undeniable optimism, no matter how devastating the challenges she has faced. Add to this timely story Oksana’s beginnings within the tragic backdrop of a Ukrainian orphanage. A hero lives among us.”
—Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way, and the only person ever to swim 110 miles between Cuba and Florida
"A book of rare quality...In these pages, not only does Oksana Masters triumph over tremendous odds but her victories are so multiple and her courage crosses so many different fronts that she forces us to rethink the term 'Greatest Ever.' Move aside GOATS and make a place for her."
—Sally Jenkins, sports columnist for the Washington Post, bestselling coauthor of Sum It Up, with Pat Summit, and It’s Not About the Bike, with Lance Armstrong
“Oksana has become a record-shattering champion in four sports by continually testing her limits. Like all the greats, she lives on the edge of fear and uses every setback she’s ever had to ask more of herself. A revealing parting of the curtain, THE HARD PARTS is a candid—and often poignant—account of the challenges Oksana overcame along the way to becoming the best ever, and it’s more inspiring than words could ever convey.”
—Mikaela Shiffrin, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time Overall World Cup Ski Champion