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Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg
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I found this book beautifully haunting. I loved the stilted way she wrote - short choppy sentences along with wonderfully descriptive ones. It was intriguing in her writing style. The story is a memoir of a dysfuntional relationship between a girl and her mother, who though it is never stated, clearly seemed to be manic depressive, an obsessive liar, an addict, physically and psychologically abusive, and an alcoholic. The author grew up way too fast in such an environment and as you watch her struggle to make sense of her world and her love for her mother, your heart goes out to her amid all the confusion. Lines are crossed, comfort is given and snatched away, and the author's guilt in trying to find normalcy is heartwretching. Her struggle to become her own woman, outside of her mother's world, is a psychological minefield and her honesty in the difficulties with her own abortion and the raising of her first child is commendable. A perfect example of how a mother's love can both heal and harm you in ways others will never understand.
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Bianca Fransen I love your review. It matches totally with my view of the book.


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