We officially have a new book we can’t wait to read! Sally Field‘s upcoming memoir — titled In Pieces — is sure to be a page-turner, and we’re not sure if we’re going to be able to wait until its Sept. 18 release date. 

However, in a new interview, the 71-year-old A-list actress revealed she’s glad her former flame and late actor Burt Reynolds won’t get a chance to read it like we will. 

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“This would hurt him,” Sally — who dated Burt from 1977 to 1982 — told The New York Times. “I felt glad that he wasn’t going to read it, he wasn’t going to be asked about it, and he wasn’t going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have. I did not want to hurt him any further.”

The Mrs. Doubtfire star went on to reveal she was “flooded with feelings and nostalgia” while chronicling their memories together. Perhaps because they had such a complex relationship, in which she described as “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but really complicated and hurtful to me.”

In an interview with People earlier this year, Sally gushed about her new project. “I knew I had a story to tell and I knew I had to tell it. It’s taken me a great deal of time to figure out exactly what it was,” she revealed. “I have this life that no one really knows… or at least I didn’t even know truly. This is incredibly raw and intimate and personal. [The memoir includes] things I never thought I wanted to say out loud.” 

The book, which took the actress seven years to write, focuses on the “complicated” childhood she had growing up, as well as her “difficult” relationship with her mother, Margaret Field. It also explores Sally’s rise to success in her acting career and of course, her relationship with Burt.

In Pieces is about the little girl that I was, about the teenager who backed into becoming a celebrity, and about the craft that taught me to stand on my feet, a craft that helped me find my way out of a complicated childhood,” she first said in a statement announcing the book’s release. “I have been a lifelong fan of Sally Field’s work on the stage and screen, and it was a thrill to discover that her talents extend deep into the craft of writing, as well,” Millicent Bennett, executive editor of Grand Central, added. “Told in her own appealing, unforgettable voice, this is a raw, gorgeous, and moving account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.”

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                                      Sally in 1980. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Sally’s memoir will give fans an inside look at the parts of her life that she has previously kept extremely private. Throughout her entire career, the award-winning actress has been super protective of these details, but she’s now ready to share them with the world. 

“I lived in an environment where emotions and all the colors that women are were really not allowed at the dinner table, or in the living room, or anywhere. There was a very tight parameter you had to live within — how you dressed, how you sat, and who you were,” Sally explained to People back in March 2016. “When I got onstage, it was the only time I felt that all the pieces could come together. It wasn’t that I was being somebody else, it was that I’m finally me, and I could be angry, and I could be mean, and I could be all of the colors that were simply not acceptable.” 

In Pieces will be released on Sept. 18, 2018.