My Dead Parents

My Dead Parents

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents' adventurous international travels. On their trips to Africa, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister - one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian- people she imagined had never been in love.

When she was sixteen, Anya's father was killed in a car accident in Ukraine. At thirty-two, she became an orphan when her mother drank herself to death. As she was cleaning out her childhood home, she suddenly discovered a trove of old letters, photographs, and journals hidden in the debris of her mother's life. These lost documents told a very different story than the one she'd believed to be true - of a forbidden romance; of a loving marriage, and the loss of a child. With these revelations in hand, Anya undertook an investigation, interviewing relatives and family friends, traveling to Wales and Ukraine, and delving deeply into her own difficult history in search of the truth, even uncovering the real circumstances of her father's death - not an accident, perhaps, but something more sinister.

In this inspiring and unflinchingly honest debut memoir, Anya interrogates her memories of her family and examines what it means to be our parents' children. What do we inherit, and what can we choose to leave behind? How do we escape the ghosts of someone else's past? And can we learn to love our parents not as our parents, but simply as people? Universal and personal; heartbreaking and redemptive, My Dead Parents helps us to see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most.
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780553447040
Characteristics: 337 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,22 cm.

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Jane_Sm
Oct 22, 2018

Bogs down somewhat in the middle, as the author struggles to cope with her mother's alcoholism. But both in the early sections and at the end she arrives at an understanding of who her parents were as persons in their worlds, not just as her mom and dad. Overall a worthwhile journey for both author and reader.

JCLCatherineG May 26, 2018

This author's childhood was beyond disfunctional. The intimate details of her mother's alcoholism was difficult to read. It was so depressing that I gave up half way through.

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