Following the author's wildly beloved award-winning Overlay and City of Angeles memoirs, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas continues the author's story. This final volume candidly explores the pertinent societal question: how does an ill-equipped adult child of alcoholics navigate life after a childhood fraught with abuse, scarcity, and neglect?
Continuing her engrossing journey from the moment City of Angeles ends, the author shares the vignettes of her life - replete with enlightening mistakes, edifying consequences, forgiveness and personal redemption. Big as All Hell and Half of Texas is an honest and inspirational account of the author's ultimately successful battles with depression, divorce, single parenting, and ill-fitting love affairs.
"This memoir is a journey in self-examination lived not as a victim but as a searcher always hoping that the universe will smile the next day. The author asks several questions of herself. Perhaps the most searing query is, 'Why am I not enough?' The answer suggested is that finding someone who sees any one of us as enough is a challenge that may consume a lifetime. And, perhaps, even more critically, is that moment when we find that we are more adequate than we believed, that those who reject are more deeply wounded or lost than we imagined.
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A remarkable person
This is definitely one of my favorites
The heartbreak of a mother unwilling to help her gravely ill daughter
Definitely the protagonist, Marlayna. I found her honesty and vulnerability to be deeply moving
Yes-I was very touched by her story, and it helped to remind me to treat others well!
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Makes me want more
- Marian L. Ward