Flipping through a bag of old photographs, Lynn Hellers relives her traumatic childhood growing up in the low-income row houses of Kingston, Ontario, in the 1970s and 80s. Against the backdrop of the dramatic social and political upheaval of the era, Lynn's young life is dominated by crushing poverty and the violent explosions of her alcoholic and abusive father. When his anger wasn't vented on their mother, he turned to Lynn and her younger siblings, who quickly learned to keep their thoughts to themselves. Amidst the burden of survival, Lynn's coming of age is further complicated by a profound crisis of faith and heartbreaking confusion around her sexuality. Her only respite came from her caring and gentle maternal grandparents, who offered a safe haven and encouraged her to pursue her passion for visual art as well as a determination to carve out a life for herself. Lynn's memoir is told with frank and unapologetic realism that is at times harshly troubling, and others bizarrely comical. It is a story of compelling resilience, crushing neglect, and unshakable hope.
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Reviewed by Amanda Barrister
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Wednesday 01 April, 2015
This book is compelling and powerful in its stark honesty about a painful, and often taboo, subject. This is certainly not a "new" story, but the way it is told is gripping and demonstrates a solid command of the English language. The characterization is masterful...even with the most minor schoolyard friends. It is sometimes difficult to read as it incites anger and rage in the wake of some horrific abuse and neglect. Readers, please persevere because this book is well worth it.
Reviewed by Aysling Gowan
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Thursday 12 March, 2015
Very powerful story written with skill and talent.
This is an incredible story portraing the strong desire to survive - and the lengths some are forced to overcome horrible obstacles.
i hope the author has found her peace.
I would strongly recommend the startling read.
Reviewed by Wayne Carson
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Monday 09 March, 2015
A boring fiction marketed as a non fiction. Not worth the time or money...
Reviewed by Tina Carson
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 08 March, 2015
This book belongs in the TRASH, what a waste of money. Over embellished, and the author is overly self-centered. Everyone wants to write a book these days, save your money people.
|Size: ||5.1 MB|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781460262740 (DRM-PDF)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|