“This is an interesting, well-written memoir about the author's dysfunctional childhood, growing up in 1950s Connecticut with an autistic brother, a depressed mother, and a ragged father trying to keep the family running. The author also explores the circumstances around the murder of a childhood friend, which traumatized her at the time and she had subsequently blocked out.
This book is a pretty quick read, and a very compelling page-turner. I thought the level of detail around her friend's murderer's trial was perhaps a bit much, but most enjoyed the final sections of the book, during which she explores the relationships she has with her father, mother, and brother. However, ultimately I found this section a bit wanting, in the same way that R.A. Dickey's memoir was--it seemed to avoid the extreme soul-searching that seemed warranted by the degree of childhood trauma. Perhaps that's to salvage remaining family relationships, which is obviously fair enough; I just thought including more detail would have made a more compelling book. ”