Her Last Death

  • by Susanna Sonnenberg
  • Narrated by Susanna Sonnenberg
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Her Last Death begins as the phone rings early one morning in the Montana house where Susanna Sonnenberg lives with her husband and two young sons. Her aunt is calling to tell Susanna her mother is in a coma after a car accident. She might not live. Any daughter would rush the thousands of miles to her mother's bedside. But Susanna cannot bring herself to go. Her courageous memoir explains why.Glamorous, charismatic, and a compulsive liar, Susanna's mother seduced everyone who entered her orbit. With outrageous behavior and judgment tinged by drug use, she taught her child the art of sex and the benefits of lying. Susanna struggled to break out of this compelling world, determined, as many daughters are, not to become her mother.Sonnenberg mines tender and startling memories as she tells of her fierce resolve to forge her independence, to become a woman capable of trust, and to be a good mother to her own children. Her Last Death is riveting, disarming, and stunningly told.


What the Critics Say

"An emotional thriller...a disturbing story, yet at the end you might feel like cheering. It is a beautiful, beautiful book." (Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and Teacher Man)


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But what have you learned?

I guess the thing that struck me at the end was "but what have you learned?" It seemed to be more of how Suzanna could punish her mother than what lessons she came out of the whole situation with. It's an easier task to be honest and critical about our pasts...but what really takes bravery is to be honest about present life. Because the book just "stopped," it's hard to interpret it's lessons when viewed in comparison to her current life.

Having a difficult relationship with my own mother, the anecdotes from the past were helpful to set a nice framework, but this book didn't carry those to the next logical step...Overall, I had hoped to see more resolution. Of course, perhaps that was her point...that we are always learning and there isn't ever a "real" resolution. Even so, there are still things we will do differently, today, from what have learned, yesterday.

IMHO it needed another couple of chapters...
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- Lil

Good prose bad character Good Read

The author has no moral compass but admits it. As someone else mentions she needlessly euthanizes a puppy that could have been given away and accurately depicts the abortion dilemma in detail. She is unlikable but interesting.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio