A stunning memoir about an actress’s unconventional, heartbreaking childhood with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother—a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest—and the unusual strength that allowed her to rise above it all. By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d... read more
“When Mother wasn’t running around with a lit cigarette and a gun, she was locked up in her room for days at a time. When she did emerge, it was in the middle of the night and she was on a rage-fueled mission to destroy.”
“<At the Alateen support group,> I didn’t hear anyone saying anything I could relate to. None of it sounded like what went on in my house...my mom tried to run me over, or my mom was arrested at my sister’s high school graduation and was dragged off screaming in her blue nightie. Where was the support group for that?”
“It wasn’t like there was a manual that tells you what to do when your drunk mom tries to run you over and then drives off at a hundred miles an hour in the middle of the night.”
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