Fierce: A Memoir
Barbara Robinette Moss grew up in the red clay hills of Alabama, the fourth of eight children, in a childhood defined by close sibling alliances, staggering poverty, and uncommon abuse at the hands of...more
"Jason gets angry when I talk about inherited sins. "What kind of God punishes children for the sins of the father?"
But God isn't doing the punishing. The fact is, we lived so close, breathed in our parents' insanity, we became infected. God isn't saying, I'm going to punish you because your father was a crazy alcoholic who shot himself in the head. God is saying, you will suffer because your father was a crazy ...more
I can only admire Ms. Moss for this beautifully written memoir of how her extremely turbulent childhood affected her adult relationships with men and how she finally was able to break her addiction to unstable, pain-filled relationships. I also admire her for apparently being an excellent mother to her son, although they had to go on food stamps while Ms. Moss struggled to get her art degree. (I was incredulous at how downright mean her neighbors were--the postman wh ...more
Fierce gives great insight on what it is like to live in the aftermath of an abusive childhood. I admire Moss' will and the way she was able to raise her son after having such a dysfunctional childhood herself. It felt awful to see her falling into the same patterns ...more
I haven't read her first memoir but I think I'm going to try and find a copy. It's a quick read and the author is very honest about her issues and her own pattern of destructive behavior in the men she choses.
I recommend this book.