Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life - two beautiful, high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a satisfying and successful career as a children's book novelist. But it's when you let down your guard that the ax falls. Just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder.
Copublished with Elena Vanishing, the memoir of her daughter, this is the story - told in brave, beautifully written, and unflinchingly honest prose - of one family's fight against a deadly disease from an often ignored but important perspective: the mother of the anorexic.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""
Very interesting to know the other side.
That no matter how the mother viewed her daughter's experiences, she could not get into the center of her being, thereby leaving her on the outside and coming to her own conclusions and having to fight the battle on the information she got from her own perceptions of all that her daughter was hiding from her.
When her daughter began to completely come clean with her. When she was filling in the gaps, and explaining her actions, or inactions. It had to have been a huge relief to have the answers to all of the frustrating events when she hadn't previously known that she either had no explanations, or wrong explanations.
I would although I didn't care for her flat tone. I speak much the same and don't care for my own.
The other side of the spectrum-of the domino effect.