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Out of the madness comes an inspirational woman
on July 9, 2007
I bought this book wanting to learn more about the secretive lives of the Jacksons, but what I found as I read it was actually the tale of an inspirational woman who was able to rise above the madness that is the Jackson family and find her true self and her own independence.
Margaret bares no grudge against the Jacksons, and you can tell in the way the book is written, as if she almost has to laugh at the insanity of it all now looking back. And it is insanity. The Jacksons have long been known to be dysfunctional, but never have I seen such an in depth account of the chaos that is their world.
The book really makes you see how little respect the Jackson men (with the exception of Marlon and Michael) have for women, and how backwards Katherine is in her thinking. People speak of the effects Joseph Jackson's abuse has had on his children, but few point out that Katherine has possibly been just as damaging. Like LaToya's book, Hayvenhurst comes off as a prison with the inmates often subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
You see how much the family leeches off of Janet and Michael, and you can begin to understand why the Jacksons have a distinct distrust of each other, Jacksonian paranoia as Margaret calls it.
You're really rooting for Margaret in the book and you really feel for her. Through it all though, you can tell that her children are always her main concern.
I hope Jermaine has sorted out his womanizing issues and has started paying his child support (although that seems unlikely as I don't know what source of income he would have).
And I am truly, truly happy to see that Margaret has moved on her life, creating a successful agency to her name with her new husband.
All the best of luck and happiness to you Margaret, you are an amazing woman and an inspiration to any woman who has ever suffered from abuse and dead-beat dads. You prove that it is possible to stand on your own two feet with enough creativity and will power.