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Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn
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Apr 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-literary, memoir, womens-interest, read-pre-2009, child-narrator
Recommended to Anita by: Ellen
Recommended for: anyone
Read in February, 2008 , read count: 1

The founder of my writer's group lent me a copy of this book; she was in an MFA program with the author. The story is gripping and is a hard but addicting read, written by the daughter of a schizophrenic mother. I also liked the writing and the memoir's style. It starts off by immersing you in a vivid scene and then steps back and shares more of the story. You really feel like you are a child experiencing these horrible incidents. The only downside of this style is that sometimes the chronological details get murky and I wanted to know more about certain things that the author seemed to skip over. But in general I really liked this book-- it was more interesting than fiction because it was real, and sad. I think that even people who don't usually read non-fiction/ memoir would enjoy reading this book.
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