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Left me cold
on January 31, 2010
This author did nothing to stir up empathy from the reader. She may be a lot more like her mother than she would like to think. She idolized a man who was a poor excuse for a husband and father - in her own words, from her own memories, we hear her mother's worry and panic over the blackout and his absences, with his only response being "well, I'm here now." The author didn't need to ponder the reasons for her mother's anger, depression and cruelty - she spelt it out for the reader - too bad she never figured it out for herself. Did she ever think what sort of hell her mother lived every single day, taking care of three children on her own? I was raised by a single mother, and I am in constant amazement of the burden she shouldered. Nowadays we know of post-partum depression, stress related illnesses, smoking dangers. Back then, even doctors smoked! But it gives her yet another reason to look down her nose at her mother.
Like another reviewer, I found it disturbing that the sisters didn't even merit names, just, "my middle sister" and "the younger sister". Apparently, Alyse was the only child whose feelings mattered. To Alyse, anyways. And the self-described 'good mother' Alyse turns out to be has no qualms telling the reader her response to her teenaged daughter's request to attend a funeral is, "She's your friend, not mine." Wow. Great parenting. Then she whines, "Oh, what would I know about losing a parent?" Talk about self-absorbed and cruel.
I could not identify, sympathize, or empathize with Alyse. I did, however, feel sorry for her mother many, many times.
(PS: wish I'd read the reviews first. If I'd known she was a guest on The View, I'd have steered clear. Typical whiny drivel from that bunch.)