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The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir Paperback – September 14, 2010
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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
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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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There was no introspection, analysis, reflection, etc - none of those things you'd expect from 30 to 40 somethings looking back on the trials of a life upended by not one, but two tragic and life-altering events. There was no depth to this story. And, if I'm being brutally honest - I'm not even sure why it was published.
There are plenty of other memoirs out there that leave you rapt and spellbound, or that stick to your skin because of their insights and revelations. This is not one of them.
It is sad to think that families that have never ever gone through even an eighth of what this family has give up on one another everyday!
Amanda, Liz, Dan & Diana, you should all be proud of the people you are and the family you have held on to!
It’s been a pleasure meeting all of you❤️