Wild Game

Wild Game

My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

eBook - 2019
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"Exquisite and harrowing." -New York Times Book Review "This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word." -People NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 BY NPR * BuzzFeed * Slate * Chicago Public Library * Real Simple * Library Journal * Washington Post * Amazon * CBC A daughter's tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother's confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband's closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne's life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life-and her mother-on her own terms. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It's a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
Publisher: [United States] : HMH Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781328519047
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jun 22, 2020

This memoir takes place on Cape Cod and begins when the author, then age 14, is woken by her mother who tells her that a man who she was not married to kissed her. The man is Ben Souther, a married man and her husbands lifelong friend. The author gets sucked into being an accomplice in her mother’s affair- and the entanglement leads to a lifetime of consequences.

I really, really liked this. The writing is straightforward and compelling. You really feel for the author as she continually vies for her mother’s affection, always falling short of the love her mother has for herself. There was a ton of food imagery throughout the book, and you could to find the title Wild Game is a very clever title. If you like complicated family dynamics and drama that will keep you turning the pages, pick up WILD GAME.

Jan 29, 2020

Quick read. Enjoyed the author’s style of writing. However, it became monotonous about half way through and I found myself skimming the pages to finish it. The last part of the book felt so hurried to cover the nearly 40-year span of time the story needed to the conclusion. Not by any means a favorite.

Jan 18, 2020

Well, that was something. Certainly compelling for me - a 2-sit read and I was annoyed the day between when I didn't have time to read. A memoir about a mother who confides in her 14-year old daughter and enlists her help in carrying on and covering up a decade-long affair. Lots of talk in reviews about the memoirist's "compassion" but it presented to me like a sad lack of insight into the emotional abuse leveled by this narcissistic, love-withholding mother who had her daugher assist in pimping herself. Mainly well-written with some overly flowery language and a couple of final chapters that indulged in too much navel-gazing "love yourself" blather. But even with all of that, I have to admit that for the most of the book I was fascinated, if not apalled. Took a shower when I was done.

Jan 01, 2020

What a gem!!! Beautifully written, riveting, passionate and compassionate masterpiece! Easily the best book of 2019!

debwalker Dec 08, 2019

When you're 14 and helping mom hide an affair with dad's best friend...

VaughanPLDaniela Dec 02, 2019

Wild Game is a stunning page turner - a twisted story of family bonds gone awry - and a captivating memoir of the author's struggle to change a cycle that seems written in stone. In riveting prose, Brodeur recounts her mother’s decades long affair and her ensuing entanglement in the deception at the tender age of 14. Always maintaining compassion, Brodeur struggles with the need to be loved unconditionally by her reckless mother, while finding the strength and courage to forge a new history for herself and her children.

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