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The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: ☆☆☆☆, I love this!
Total number of pages: 350

Review by: Tyson
My current book type: Mystery:characters different from me:character-driven:seeking escape

This book is a memoir of the writer’s childhood in 1960s Texas, and her experiences being raised by two wild, free-thinking, and alcoholic parents. Central to surviving a childhood that was very scary and uncertain at times was the writer’s relationship with her older sister.

I love the language of this book– it is beautiful and precise but also peppered with curse words and Texas sayings, and for that reason I get a real sense of who the people in this book were. The relationship between Mary and her older sister Lecia is also really moving. They were survivors together, and managed to get through a childhood shaped by two alcoholic parents because of the strength of their bond. Lecia is a tiger, and the writer says as much. Nothing, it seems, could stand in her way as a child or an adult.

Three words that describe this book:
funny, heartbreaking, wild