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- Publication Date: August 23, 2015
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- Language: English
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I generally really enjoy and appreciate memoirs. They give such a deep and personal account of an author’s life. A life that sometimes I can never imagine, and my gratitude for sharing their stories increases.
This novel did not disappoint. Ms. Bendel has shared the struggles she has faced since childhood in trying to understand the vast difference she feels compared to everyone else’s thoughts and feelings. Always feeling out of sync. From her fears of the blotches on her childhood home’s walls to the slamming of her childhood home’s back door, we get a small picture of what Margo has gone through.
I really enjoyed how the book is not written in chronological order, and how as the reader continues on more puzzles fit into Margo’s mind. It gives the book a sense of realism due to our thoughts of past memories don’t usually come through in a specific order. It was rather sad in learning how a child can put so much blame on herself when in reality so many things in life happens, and it is not the cause by one specific person, let alone a child.
The only reason book is not receiving a 5 is because I had a difficult time in reading portions towards the end of the book. It was difficult enough for me to comprehend how hypnosis can assist an adult to tap into his/her childhood memories, but when lamps fall on their own, I cannot bring myself to comprehend it. According to one of her therapist there was a reason why it happened, but it is hard for me to accept the explanation. This no way discredits the author or what it is written. It is my own experiences that has caused me to find these parts a bit slower.
I do recommend this unique memoir to those who enjoy the genre and for those who would like to learn more about early childhood depression.
When her father needs emergency heart surgery, Margo and her daughter travel to Grandfather Falls, Wisconsin to be with her mother, brothers, and sister. As always happens when she returns to her childhood home, her depression deepens—a fact that often puzzles her, since nothing she can remember indicates her family was ever anything but loving and supportive.
During the long hours of waiting at the hospital, Margo finds herself reliving the unusual occurrences in her life. Why does she hear an old wooden screen door slam when no one else does? What started her fear of the stippled walls of her childhood home? Where did this unhappy emotional path begin?
I’ll admit, I’ve read very few memoirs, so I was not sure exactly what to expect when I picked up <i>Exit the Labyrinth</i>. Would it be dry? Could I relate to the subject? In the end, I’m very glad I opted to give it a chance! Memoir this may be, but it reads like a mystery novel and I found myself pulled in from the jump.
Stephanie Kay Bende has a grasp of language and an ability to create imagery that brings <i>Exit the Labyrinth</i> to life in a masterful way. As she recounts events lived, forgotten and slowly remembered, the tangled web created by Margo’s incomplete awareness is both poignant and unsettling. The transition between past and present events is smooth—it reads like the natural flow of human thought--and the descriptions of family and memories are vivid enough to make them quite relatable. Having suffered from depression myself for a number of years, I was able to identify with a great deal of Margo’s pain and uncertainty. That kind of realism is what makes this memoir so very, very hard-hitting in all the right ways.
It’s interesting to watch Margo grapple with things that everyone—depressed or not—wonders at some point in their lives. What is real and what have we imagined? Are our senses reliable and truthful? Is our truth the truth? When do the ends justify the means? Her struggle is so real it almost hurts.
Bottom line: This is a book for the creative and inquisitive mind, for anyone who has, after living through a series of life events, wondered, "Am I going crazy? Is something wrong with me?" or “Why don’t I feel (insert feeling)? Does anyone else have this struggle?”
Read my full, official review at OnlineBookClub.org!