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Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg
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May 29, 2011

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I cannot imagine what life must have been like, growing up with such a crazy mother, though for some reason I didn't sympathize with the author as much as I expected too. I don't know why that is, perhaps something in the writing? Maybe it was the strange contrast of a traumatic relationship with a crazy mother in a life of expenses and excess, money tossed around so carelessly. I don't know. I'm also very, very curious as to the mother's perspective about the whole thing. (Which isn't to say I don't believe the author, I do, I'm just curious.) I did cringe often at the awkward situations the mother put the daughter in and can appreciate how horribly skewed the author's views on sex and propriety became. I was glad to see the author find peace, though I wonder if that relationship has stayed strong. (What a strong man she must have found to help her through such a crazy upbringing.) I guess my main problem is that this book has such a note of "feel bad for me" to it. I DO, of course, but I recently read a memoir written by a woman with an astoundingly horrid childhood that was much more matter-of-fact and I appreciated it more. I'd rather have my own feelings about a situation than have them handed to me, I suppose. But, yes, an addicting read, I'll admit to that

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