Chris Beam has written a memoir, "Mother, Stranger" that is sad and very heartbreaking due to her mother's mental illness and the impact that it has had on her life. Chris left home at age 14 to get away from her mother's crazy life and lies, and she never went home again. Her only sibling, her brother, also left when he turned 14, and returned to gather up some personal items when no one was home, and never returned.
This Kindle Single goes along very fast, because it is an intriguing story and the author's well-written memories and experiences are told first as her memories from childhood and then later on as an adult after learning more about her mother after she and her brother were notified that their mother had died.
I couldn't stop reading this until the end, and it is very bittersweet to read how the author feels now in her life about her mother and her brother as she still remembers her childhood with and without her mother. Chris Beam is related, by a couple of generations removed, to the author, William Faulkner.