Short review of university alumna's first memoir about growing up in the 1960s and 70s the child of divorced parents.
Cara gives an overview of the book:
Figurative, thought-provoking and divinely written, this is Joelle Fraser's first book. Before earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, she completed much of her graduate work at [Eastern Washington University] in the early 90s.
Each chapter of her book underlines scenes from a memory filled with stark images of everyday life during a time of free love and young curiosity toward a world where the one constant that existed was a different man. Recollections of these men mirror the development of a young mind intently aware of the turbulence surrounding her world, and the many men who come to occupy it as she matures and eventually has relationships of her own. The author reveals a personal reflection on her own relationship with her father throughout the book, identifying him as a steady touchstone she would come to rely on as a symbol of unfailing love, even though at times his affection toward his daughter was a bag of mixed emotions.
Fraser illustratively captures her past in this sweeping memoir which author Sherman Alexie praised as "...tender, funny and real...this book is about the daily revelations, mortification and moral quandries we all endure."
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