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Parker Posey Reviews The Kids Are All Right
Parker Posey's films include Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Clockwatchers, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail. Read her exclusive Amazon guest review of The Kids Are All Right:
As adults, the Welches have remembered the past as they did when they were children, giving us a window into the survival meachanisms of personality, of the the capacity to undergo huge blows of fate, of the manifestations of surviving that fate--and the soulful bonding of siblings to regenerate what was lost. This book carried me along with such speed and emotion and intimacy that I felt cast in the role as their imaginary friend. This book is their song and it will rock you along.--Parker Posey
In a memoir rendered eerily dry and scattered by emotional distance, the four Welch children, orphaned in their youth in the mid-1980s, recount by turns their memories and impressions of that painful time. Growing up in an affluent community of Bedford, N.Y., to a glamorous mother and a handsome father who was the head of an oil company, the children—Amanda (born in 1965), Liz (1969), Dan (1971) and Diana (1977)—were devastated first by the sudden death of their father in a car accident in 1983, followed by their mother three and a half years later after a long, wrenching bout with cancer. The two eldest girls, teenagers at the time and initiated into the drug and rock and roll scene, remember most vividly the details of that era when their mother, already diagnosed with uterine cancer, discovered that their father left a large debt; the family had to consolidate by selling their big house and their horses. After their mother died, the children were put in the care of others, mostly with disastrous consequences, especially for Diana, farmed out to a controlling neighbor family who initially hoped to adopt her, but decide otherwise after she hit her awkward teens. Each struggled to forge an identity within harrowing circumstances, with numbing results. Dan became a troublemaker and bounced out of boarding school, while Amanda, heavily into drugs, dropped out of NYU, and Liz traveled to get out of the house. (Sept.)
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Raw honesty from start to finish, beautifully told by all four kids. Fantastic story! I can't wait to read their follow-on book.Published 6 months ago by Greg P.
As mentioned in other reviews this is a collective memoir by four siblings who lost their parents while they were all very young . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kate
The story of this book is intriguing but nothing special enough to warrant a book. A family is torn apart by accidents and cancer and the children struggle to keep it together... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Written Word
Written from the perspectives of the siblings in the family, each provides his or her perspective to their parents' deaths and their subsequent journey through their grief and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by HappyCamper1
Another incident when the film and the book are different stories, although movies can capture only a piece of a story. I enjoyed both!Published 21 months ago by Gilda Taylor
This is a very engrossing story of how a family survives a huge tragedy. I really could not imagine how awful it would have been if this had happened to me, as both my parents are... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by K. B. Fenner
I loved the premise of this book. Unfortunately, for some reason -- maybe the way the points of view alternated among the four children, maybe because the writing just wasn't that... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Silicon Valley Girl
A good book tells the story of the children of a soap opera star. They range in age from 5 years to teens. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by lady g