The road to hell really is paved with good intentions. Bitter that she was robbed of her childhood, at age 18, Lydia Lawson severed all communication ties with her alcoholic parents - her father commits suicide one year after she leaves home. 23 years later, she receives word that her mother is dead and that she has inherited more than just the family home.
Lily, a 21-year-old morbidly obese half-sister with Prader-Willi Syndrome, is found in the basement, too big to move out of the home. Lydia sets out on a life-changing journey trying to help Lily, trying to find Lily s father, and trying to find herself. In the interim, she falls in love with Tommy Porter who remains with her right up to the climatic, mind-blowing reveal at the end.
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What a tangled web we weave.
Yes, I would go back and listen again to the foreshadowing and enjoy the way the details fit together now that I know the ending.
Either the scene where Lilly pulls Lydia's hair or the scene where Lydia is discussing her baby's diagnosis with the doctor.
I really liked the ending. I thought it was a perfect way to end the book. To me it was the strength of this book, and it was memorably and subtly written.
Yes, it is perfect for a day of cleaning out closets or a longer commute.
This book reminds me of a cross between an Oprah book of the month and the David Lynch film, "Blue Velvet." It has the unrelenting suffering of the heroine found in Oprah novels, but it also has the gritty and unexpected revelation of small town underbelly. Solid story and good performance. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
A complicated Life