To make a lasting mark, in my opinion the author needs to intuitively add insights, wisdom, and have almost a poetic sensibility. How on earth did Wendy survive her mother — to say nothing of how Wendy and Dave managed to construct one of the sanest households I know, inhabited by two of the coolest children I know? The little bit that I got to see and know of him as featured in this book; he seemed like a nice guy. It worked; people responded to it. I am so sorry to learn her life went as it did. One thought stayed with me throughout the story, right up until the end. Oh, and she has a crazy mother. A Conversation with Wendy Lawless 1.
This book was certainly a page turner, but it seemed to lack something in the way of self-awareness, and didn't explore some key questions that the reader would no doubt have, such as why no one ever intervened by calling the authorities. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match. With remarkable clarity, wit, and grace, Wendy Lawless recounts a childhood defined by her wildly unstable mother, a woman who can morph from Grace Kelly to Joan Crawford in the blink of an eye. Then I will know, without a doubt,that in comparison to Georgann Rea, I am the most wonderful mother that ever walked the Earth! Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world. Overall, a gripping recounting of a woman destroyed by the patriarchy. The older I get, the more firmly convinced I am that not every woman is cut out to be a mother. Wendy Lawless tells the tale of her narcissistic, manipulative, dangerously psychotic mother u This review refers to the NetGalley edition of this title.
Whatever the case, this book fits nicely into the genre. In her stunning memoir, Wendy Lawless tells the often heartbreaking tale of her unconventional upbringing with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother—a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest—and the uncommon sense of resilience that allowed her to rise above it all. One of your teachers in London, Mr. I knew the story was so much sadder and uglier than the jokes I had told about it. To view it, I was drawn by this one's title, which in retrospect is maybe the most artful part of the book. Her memoir describes her mother's sociopathical need for acceptance and attention, especially the attention of a constant parade of wealthy men.
Georgann possessed the icy beauty of a Hitchcock heroine with the cold heart to match. And boy, did she pe Gosh, this was a sad book. It was like this miracle, I had a second career at 50. I was pitching either a novel or a sequel and I was hoping the publisher would go with the novel, but it went with the sequel. She is the most courageous woman I have ever had the honor of reading about.
I found her story riveting. Shee tm d slept with too many men and a few women, and she didne tm t like dogs or chil-dren. The girl without a roadmap for life finds herself in the gritty, dangerous, exciting nadir of downtown New York City. Living my little half-life, I was so used to not thinking for or of myself. Lawless and her younger sister were merely dragged along on her mother's ride, alternately living in posh New York apartments, trendy London town homes, and mid-Western trailer parks, all while suffering through the high and low rages of her mother's mental illness and alcoholism.
As a one-time mid-list actress, Lawless can easily be found through search engines, her career highlights mentioned in passing. She credits her children with giving her a chance to have a happy childhood by letting her give them one. But Lawless has a dry wit, and the book is riveting. This book felt to me like it hadn't gone through enough of those refining drafts. And there's a follow-up that was just released, , that I will definitely be reading.
Wendy was just trying to be the best daughter she could. Who else offered encouragement to her throughout the years? But that didn't stop her from wanting one. One of those disruptions caused her to run away to Europe with her two daughters, severing all contact with their father. After locking her daughters in a closet all day, she was hospitalized, beginning the pattern of relative health and breakdowns. In the kitchen, Catherine had prepared our breakfast of fried bologna, which she liked to remind us was a great delicacy in her country, Trinidad.
The New York of my childhood and young adulthood no longer exists. Her entire life was about manipulating people and seeking adoration, even from children too young to understand. How do you think Wendy and Robin would answer this question? A stage and television actress, she appeared on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning play The Heidi Chronicles and off Broadway in the Obie Award winning play All In The Timing. Only Wendy, her sister, and one gracious therapist knew the real Georgann, a woman seemingly incapable of love. From the outside: they are wealthy, fortunate, well-educated and are granted many privileges that were unique to the time and the setting. The author's mother was beautiful, but that, and the title seem to be a marketing ploy to make an otherwise unremarkable book sound unique.