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A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America's most famous families: the Hemingways.
She opens her eyes. The room is dark. She hears yelling, smashed plates, and wishes it was all a terrible dream. But it isn't. This is what it was like growing up as a Hemingway. In this deeply moving, searingly honest new memoir, actress and mental health icon Mariel Hemingway shares in candid detail the story of her troubled childhood in a famous family haunted by depression, alcoholism, illness, and suicide. Born just a few months after her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, shot himself, it was Mariel's mission as a girl to escape the desperate cycle of severe mental health issues that had plagued generations of her family. Surrounded by a family tortured by alcoholism (Mariel's parents), depression (her sister, Margaux), suicide (her grandfather and four other members of her family), schizophrenia (her sister, Muffet), and cancer (her mother), it was all the young Mariel could do to keep her head. In a compassionate voice, she reveals her painful struggle to stay sane as the youngest child in her family, coping with the chaos by becoming obsessive about her food, schedule, and organization.
The twisted legacy of her family has never quite let go of Mariel, but in this memoir she opens up about her claustrophobic marriage, her faltering acting career, and her turning to spiritual healers and charlatans for solace. Mariel has ultimately written a story of triumph about learning to overcome her family's demons and developing love and deep compassion for them. At last she can tell the true story of the tragedies and troubles of the Hemingway family, and she delivers an audiobook that beckons comparisons with Mary Karr and Jeanette Walls.
©2015 Mariel Hemingway (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nicole May on 04-21-15

Tragically picturesque and makes no apologies

This book was incredibly insightful into the ecosystem of dysfunction within a family affected by alcoholism--but moreover, mental illness. Having been previously afflicted, Mariel effectively disburses the spectrum of potential lifelong challenges of having been a Hemingway survivor. She is fair and humble in telling her personal story, without the mellow dramatics. In my opinion it would have been okay for her to reveal more in her performance. We never get over losing a sibling-whether it be to suicide or Schizoeffective disorder. My experience is in the latter. True presence is felt throughout the book and she paints an excellent
portrait of herself, her family, and of her world in relation to such dysfunction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Beverly H. Hilliker on 10-05-15

perfect story to read over and over.

What made the experience of listening to Out Came the Sun the most enjoyable?

enjoy reading about recovery from drugs of all sorts, esp. over-eating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mariell because I feel like her sometimes

Which scene was your favorite?

fighting before wedding

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


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3 out of 5 stars
By ania on 09-20-17

well written but not very involving

The book is well written and showing that the author is very self reflective. However, I struggled to get involved in the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Howden on 11-30-16

Gripping story.

This story takes off from the beginning and is gripping to the end. Mariel talks about the alcoholism, mental illness & suicides in her family. It is an enlightening listen for anyone who has an alcoholic parent. I also love the fact that it isn't based on the 12 steps but is just a factual account of growing up in an alcoholic family. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars all the way is because Mariel recommends AA at the end of the book to help alcoholics, and I hate AA with a passion! AA is a cult that plays with the alcoholic's mind, and makes more people sick than it helps. Fortunately this book only mentions AA at the very end, & there is no talk of it any where else in the book. I do highly recomend this book overall!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rah on 10-24-16

Good bio

I enjoyed her story and performance... it was not extraordinary but entertaining and insightful. Her outlook was thoughtful but she minimises her own trauma and mental battles. as with all of us it is easier to see others than to notice yourself.

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