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Fiction Ruined My Family (Paperback)

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    Augusten Burroughs meets Mary Karr: a deeply funny and wickedly entertaining family memoir

    The youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated St. Louis family of prominent journalists and politicians on one side, ......more

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Augusten Burroughs meets Mary Karr: a deeply funny and wickedly entertaining family memoir

The youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated St. Louis family of prominent journalists and politicians on one side, debutantes and equestrians on the other, Jeanne Darst grew up hearing stories of past grandeur. And the message she internalized as a young girl was clear: While things might be a bit tight for us right now, itís only temporary. Soon her father would sell the Great American Novel and reclaim the familyís former glory.

The Darsts uproot themselves and move from St. Louis to New York. Jeanneís father writes one novel, and then another, which donít find publishers. This, combined with her motherís burgeoning alcoholism?nightly booze-fueled weepathons reminiscing about her fancy childhood?lead to financial disaster and divorce. And as Jeanne becomes an adult, she is horrified to discover that she is not only a drinker like her mother, but a writer like her father.

At first, and for years, she embraces both activities?living in an apartment with no bathroom, stealing food from her babysitting gigs, and raising rent money by riding the subway topless and performing a one-woman show in her living room. Until gradually she realizes that this life has not been thrust on her in some handing-down-of-the-writing-mantle-way. She has chosen it; and until she can stop putting drinking and writing ahead of everything else, itís a questionable choice. ?For a long time I was worried about becoming my father,Ē she writes. ?Then I was worried about becoming my mother. Now I was worried about becoming myself.Ē

Ultimately, Darst sets out to discover whether a person can have the writing without the ruin, whether itís possible to be both sober and creative, ambitious and happy, a professional author and a parent. Filled with brilliantly flawed, idiosyncratic characters and punctuated by Dars...

Jeanne Darst is a writer/performer who has written for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, and performed her solo plays in bars, barns, and living rooms across the country. An excerpt from this book on aired on This American Life. She lives in Los Angeles.

Author:
Darst, Jeanne
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
303
Language:
English
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Publish Date:
11/06/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781594486173
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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