- File Size: 2290 KB
- Print Length: 570 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PMUG48U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother's Life with a Daughter's Anorexia Kindle Edition
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If I had to describe HOPE AND OTHER LUXURIES in one word, I'd use: loooooooooong. 2 words: too loooooooooooong.
Published in conjunction with ELENA VANISHING, HOPE AND OTHER LUXURIES is the more well written of these mother/daughter tales of Elena's anorexia and recovery. Perhaps I preferred HOPE because I found Elena to be almost entirely unlikable and unsympathetic, even from her very loving mother's POV. I even had difficulty empathizing with her rape at age thirteen, and I don't think I've ever felt that was about an obvious victim of such a heinous crime. I felt bad that it happened, but didn't care enough about the character/person to feel her pain.
Writer Clare Dunkle pens beautiful, engrossing sentences. The problem I had with HOPE was that rather than showing a concise story, she ventured into tangents and insights about her own childhood. While the asides were interesting, they detracted rather than adding to the pace and telling of the story.
The character I found most likable and sympathetic was older sister Valerie, the oft victim of Elena's wrath and misdirected blame. I wish Valerie had written her own story.
HOPE AND OTHER LUXURIES is a well written, but too drawn out and not entirely insightful story of a mother watching her daughter self destruct into a world of anorexia.