My first review book from The Book Depository didn’t go so well. You know how disappointed I was that the series didn’t meet my expectations. I apologised to my contact and she offered me a list of current books to choose from to review so I ended up with a memoir.
A touching and brutally honest memoir, painful yet ultimately life affirming in its humor, warmth, and candor
Suzanne Harrington did all the thing that adults do, long before she’d grown up: met Leo, married, had babies. She also partied, was homeless for a while, and drank—and drank. She headed toward disintegration, with Leo at her side, locked deep in himself. Then, waking to the wreckage of yet another lost weekend, she stopped drinking—and Leo, her companion and enabler, became a stranger. They separated. Newly sober, and freed from her demons, Suzanne embraced life. Leo chose escape. Early one morning the police arrived. A body had been found hanging from a tree. When it was all over, and Suzanne had buried Leo, and helped her children to grieve, she sat down and wrote the story of their father’s life. This is for them. It is for the memory of Leo. It is also for anyone who has partied too hard, found life unbearable, or avoided the truth. It is touching, hilarious, brutally honest, and utterly compelling.
There was something about this one that really caught my attention so despite it being out of my usual comfort zone, I accepted it and the moment I finished Soul Screamers I picked it up and fell in love. Suzanne Harrington has a way of writing that is to die for and I’ve found myself unable to put this book down. What I’ve learned from this? I’m apparently a memoir person.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you won’t catch me reading A Child Called It anytime soon. I am not one for the real life sob story type books and never will be but adults with a story to tell? I’m interested now. Whether humorous or just looking back in hindsight once older and wiser, I’m on the scout for more memoirs but I have no clue where to look or how to exclude the memoirs which are pretty much a string of depressing events. Any recommendations for me? Of course I have Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman still to read and must fix that, and.. another which was gifted to me about a year or two ago, but otherwise I’m clueless.