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Incredible, poetic, vibrant, heartbreaking and tragic memoir about schizophrenia, homelessness and forgiveness
on January 8, 2017
This was an incredible heartbreaking and tragic memoir, beautifully written about how she survived growing up and loving her brilliant, creative, schizophrenic mother. The memory palace is a poetic metaphor for the way she found her herself after she had her own brain injury as she is trying desperately to locate her own memories while sorting through objects found in her mother's storage locker. She opens this locker with her sister and together they look through the belongings their mother has kept while being homeless and estranged from them for the previous 17 years. They look for answers to their mother's past while reaching towards forgiveness with their mother in the present who is dying. It is a breathtaking tale at the end when she finds forgiveness for her mother (and herself) and realizes she wants more time with her mother.
I could relate to the burden she felt in wanting to take care of her mother yet the total hopelessness and reality of not being able to save her from her mental illness. She was torn between maintaining a relationship with her mother and having a life of her own.
I loved how poetically she wove her stories together and how she used her mother's own words in the memoir by using the letters she wrote her while she was homeless. The stories she tells and the characters in the memoir are extremely detailed and vibrant.
Even though the subject matter is a difficult read, it is beautifully written and I would recommend this memoir.