Publishers Weekly, starred review
As a work of socially relevant art, this memoir is above reproach. As a historical document, it is both lamentation of a shameful past and evidence of how far we've come.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"Chana Wilson's astonishing story is a hybrid of nightmare and fairy tale in which every child's worst fears and fondest hopes about their mother come true."
Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
"Chana Wilson has done a wonderful thingputting on the page so much grief, fear, and stubborn awe-inspiring endurance. We rarely look closely at complicated relationships like the one she had with her mother, and even more rarely look at how they change over time. This is not heroes and villains, but a layered, intimate exchange in which it seems the child is never quite allowed to be a childand yet still manages to hang onto a carefully constructed loving closeness."
Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
Her frank and moving memoir . . . reminds us how much one remarkable, compelling life can tell us about the culture in which it thrives. When at long last Wilson discovers freedom and support in love with women, readers won't just know her and her heart betterthey'll better understand the last 50 years of American life.”
Wilson very accurately captures both the vulnerable but steely-willed child of long ago and the successful women that both she and her mother eventually become. This lovely memoir is a welcome resource for those with mental illness in their families, especially if they have to cope, as Wilson did, with caring for a difficult but much loved parent.”
At times the tension between Wilson and her mother is palpable . . . there are moments in Riding Fury Home that make the chest tighten with a familiar if unnamed fear and there are similarly relatable moments of tenderness.”
I finished the book feeling enlarged for what I’d read, inspired and hopeful. Riding Fury Home is a beautiful and very human story of vast themes: birth, death, desire, hope, oppression overcome. Wilson tells her stories in a powerful way that brings the universal home.”