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The Weight of Silence: A Memoir
The Weight of Silence is the gravity of all the unsaids, the unseens, and how they shape our lives. A father's drinking, a mother's shame, a daughter's longing to hold on to a trouser leg to hear someone speak of what never happened. The Weight of Silence = 9 lbs 4 ozs. In her achingly funny, heartbreaking childhood memoir, Catherine Therese takes the reader inside her ...more
(first published August 2008)
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Some memoirs tell a story but others, like this one, feel like the person is speaking to themselves. While I admire the author's candour, I was expecting something less introspective and painful and more anecdotal and amusing by the blurb. I found myself cringing in sympathy and uncomfortable with the rawness of her recollections at times. Even with my familiarity with the places of her childhood, having grown up a few suburbs away, I found it difficult to connect to Catherine's experiences. It ...more
An honest and compelling memoir written as a stream of consciousness in many sections. This is a story of growing up in a dysfunctional family and all the silences that are contained within it. Catherine Therese is a talented writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her story.