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Riding Fury Home: A Memoir by [Wilson, Chana]
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In this unusual memoir—a remembrance of mental illness and sexual identity—Wilson, a writer and psychotherapist, begins with a devastating incident from her childhood, one of her mother’s numerous suicide attempts which finally sent her to a mental institution. Wilson recalls her pent-up rage and shame, and her father telling her never to express anger toward her mother; her condition, he reminded her, was not her fault. It took many years for Wilson to learn the cause of her mother’s anguish: trapped in an unhappy marriage, she embarked on a relationship with a married woman. The subsequent electroshock treatment—the only “cure” at the time for her “condition”—and doctor-prescribed psychiatric pills took such a toll on her body that she was barely recognizable when she returned home. The tables were turned as Wilson learned to adopt the role of protector. Riding Fury Home describes the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter set against the backdrop of a changing America, as Wilson comes to accept her own lesbian identity and learns to forge a new relationship with her mother. A compelling read. --June Sawyers


“From the horrors of her childhood in 1950s New Jersey to the liberating discovering of her sexual identity decades later, psychotherapist Wilson's memoir is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. Through sharing her personal tale of forgiveness and unconditional love, Wilson breaks the silence on the trauma of oppression and the ecstasy of self-acceptance.”
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 As a historical document, it is both lamentation of a shameful past and evidence of how far we've come.”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 thing—putting 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 child—and 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 better—they'll better understand the last 50 years of American life.”
SF Weekly

“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.”
Curve Magazine

“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.”
Bust Magazine

“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.”
Lambda Literary

Product details

  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (April 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RY7UIW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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