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- Print Length: 242 pages
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- Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books (January 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CS8YG34
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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But many others who have read Susie's books will also feel they know her. This is the mark of an exceptional writer - Susie draws you into her world and you experience the adventure with her.
In the case of "I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry" this means that we suffer, as Susie clearly did so often during her early life and also while dredging up the painful memories to put them on paper. Susie's writing is so evocative that once again we are with her, having to decide between parents at the age of seven and at zero minutes notice; finding that the chosen parent sends her away from the chosen country to a dreadful school run by nasty nuns; being told that she will now be going back to Kenya and, oh, by the way, Daddy is now remarried and has even had another child; being plunged into a household run by a neurotic and volatile stepmother and a father who is distant because he presumably does not want to rock the boat. And don't mention the mother!
As an adult, Susie plunges into another situation with which I am very familiar - she marries into an Italian family. I have not done that, but one of my daughters has, and Susie's experiences as a non-Italian daughter-in-law were very recognisable and not to be recommended.
I could go on with more about Susie's relationships with her mother, her father and her stepmother, how all those ended and the traumas involved. But I have said enough and do not want to tell you the whole story before you read it. All I will say is Get This Book. There are not as many laughs in it as there are in other Susie Kelly books, but I guarantee it will make you cry. Whether or not you have experienced anything similar you will come out in sympathy. If you have not, you will thank your lucky stars that your childhood and early adult years were not like this. There are of course happy times but the miracle is that Susie has survived to become the person she is and to entertain and inform us in that wonderful way she has.
As sad as the story is at times, there are many heart-warming parts. While her father, his family, and his second wife failed her in every way imaginable, there were always kind people who went out of their way to try to help her. It is a lesson in the value of reaching out and becoming involved.
Nevertheless, it is well written. You can't un-ring the bell and she can't take back her life. So if you can tolerate the meanness, you will may find this interesting and educational about different times, places and societal norms.