I really think that this book is exceptionally well written, but it doesn't stop me from disliking the mother! She is bright, beautiful and terribly unstable and puts her children through many miseries as they grow, hating and loving her at the same time. I recommend it as a very disturbing story and an excellent look into someone else's life.
Painful, funny, a very good read
This writer is good at keeping one's interest with a story of growing up with a manipulative Mother. The time period in which it is set is cleverly never directly stated, but certainly identifiable by a more mature female reader. After completing the book this same female reader will likely realize areas in her own life when she acted in the same ways this Mother did (even if less bizarrely and blatantly) because it was an era of change. The author is skillfully very late in the book narrative before she ties in the book title to the content. It is not in any way implied to be autobiographical, but I personally cannot imagine having the insight to write this without having lived it to some degree. No idea what a younger female reader would think or comprehend and do not think it would appeal to a male reader. It is a read that I thought about for a good while after so will give it a decent rating for that reason.
Not afraid to push emotional boundry, captures mother daughter in a powerful way.
Not a warm hearted family story. realistic portrayal of a family where the children are more responsible than the adults.