Reading My Father

  • by Alexandra Styron
  • Narrated by Alexandra Styron
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alexandra Styron's parents—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie’s Choice and his political activist wife, Rose—were, for half a century, leading players on the world’s cultural stage. Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. From Styron’s youth and precocious literary debut to the triumphs of his best-known books and on through his spiral into depression, Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist’s life. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written with humor, compassion, and grace.

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What the Critics Say

“Readers passionate about American literature will be fascinated by Alexandra’s insightful tales about her complicated father and his circle, which included Peter Matthiessen, Norman Mailer, and Arthur Miller.” (Booklist)

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A Gripping Account

This is a superb biography and you don't even have to be a Styron fan (I'm not) to find it fascinating. The daughter's portrait of her very troubled and demanding father manages somehow to maintain a loving quality within its excoriating account of Styron's bad bargains with his muse. He was clearly a charismatic man, someone who had many famous friends and well-wishers, but he was also demonized by his creative gifts and often unable to connect with his devoted family. The book is beautifully written and the author, who for years trained as an actress, is a very skillful reader.
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- John

Fascinating story, beautifully read

I loved this audiobook: the story it tells of William Styron's complex life alone would have been worth the price of admission, but hearing it from his daughter's point of view made it even more intense, more poignant, more complex and human. One of the best biographies of an artist and a parent I've ever read.
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- M Shep

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books