Aug 12, 11
Read from August 03 to 05, 2011
I am an ardent admirer of William Styron's writings. He wrote beautifully, took on difficult subjects, and turned his own harrowing experience of depression into a remarkable memoir.
Alexandra Styron, his daughter and acolyte, writes well herself. Her memoir of her life with her father is well organized and reminds me of how powerful a force he was.
Where father and daughter differ is that Alexandra avoids conflict, and reveals nothing about her faher's life that might cause pain to any other family member. Admirable traits in a daughter, a shortcoming in a memoirist.