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If Nights Could Talk: A Family Memoir

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  4 reviews
If Nights Could Talk is a rich gothic story of a Southern family, a tale of wealth and emotional need that spans generations. Marsha Recknagel's memoir begins with the surprise appearance of her 16-year-old nephew, Jamie, who arrives on her doorstep and into her ordered, childless life. Fleeing a chaotic home run by Marsha's unstable younger brother and his wife, Jamie is ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 1st 2001)
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This is a highly descriptive tour of the lives of a severely dysfunctional family displaying both redeeming and non-redeeming qualities. Parts will probably hit too close to home with most.

Marsha’s ability to tell the story by jumping around the timeline is effective - adding to the frenetic pace set by the lives of those in the story itself. It takes a special writer to skillfully pull this off.

The vivid descriptions of characters and settings put the reader in the room with the story - led by
Wow! Surely it is illegal to mentally torment a child so? Amazing how she captures so much family history into such a moving family memoir.
Couldn't put it down. An honest, moving, frustrating, wonderful memoir.
Quick read about a messed up family.
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