Only a few books in my reading ‘career’ have made me laugh out loud. This is one of them. The question is, will this book deeply offend, shock or soothe? Take a deeply dysfunctional family, a woman scorned many times over, a few devastating medical diagnoses, unnecessary deaths,
No mincing of words: This Book is Brilliant. It’s shockingly astute, funny, deeply poignant. Think of all the terms and conditions in your own life. Asterisks here, footnotes there. Unethical people everywhere. So many complexities that hit so hard, move us so deeply.
To be a woman! The sacrifices. The joys. The regrets. The frustrations. The friendships among other women that so lovingly validate and ease conflicting female emotions. A heartfelt glimpse into the gains and losses flowing from every women’s capacity and desire to nurture, care for, and love.
Why read a book about an alcoholic? This book is a touching, maddening black comedy that’s not funny, but deeply revealing. The relentless drive of addiction – so pressing, dire – the lonely language of addictive urgency, so astute. You may never ‘judge’ others again.
You won’t forget this one. Trauma in early life, the deepest bonds of friendship (formed young) heartbreaking loss, hope, desire, longing, the yearning for belonging. A story and prose that sweeps the reader away, a sharp smack of reality: life is challenging for all of us.