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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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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?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The book is well written and showing that the author is very self reflective. However, I struggled to get involved in the 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!
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.