An Abbreviated Life

An Abbreviated Life

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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"The author describes how she endured as the only child of an unstable poet for a mother and a beloved but largely absent father and explores the consequences of a psychologically harrowing childhood as she seeks refuge from the past and recovers what was lost." --
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Description: 272 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062269454
Branch Call Number: 070.92 Lev
Additional Contributors: Leve, Ariel, 1968- Abbreviated life


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Dec 31, 2016

A story of child-mother enmeshment and the subsequent struggle to break free. Even if born with a silver spoon, one can be wounded deeply by a narcissistic, disturbed parent.

At times, however it is difficult to feel sympathy for the adult author. I suspect she secretly will always see her mother as more than she really was - which is part of her lingering problem. I was a bit disappointed when I did the inevitable search to delve into the mystery mother's past.

For other troubled daughters, rich or not, I also recommend "The Peaceful Daughter's Guide to Separating from a Difficult Mother" by Karen C.L. Anderson"... otherwise you stay stuck as a lifelong victim.

Nov 05, 2016

I think I just read a story about a woman who grew up with a crazy mother. It was okay. Nothing special. A lot of what Leve remembers, especially dialog heard 40 years ago as a child, is cause for a raised eyebrow, or two. Her mother's identity is masked in the book, but a quick Internet search reveals she ERA-era poet and documentarian, Sandra Hochman, which makes the story a fraction more interesting.

Aug 08, 2016

Too scary. Can't read it.

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