A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir by Alix Kates Shulman

By Alix Kates Shulman

A decent, unflinching mirrored image at the which means of kinfolk, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t awaiting supporting her getting older mom and dad fresh out their apartment and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal lifestyles in long island urban. yet as she begun dismantling their condo of 40 years, the duty developed right into a helpful studying event she could by no means forget.

Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, brilliant humans from whom she remained far-off whereas pursuing a literary profession. She unearths herself grappling with remorse and looking redemption within the look for what it ability to be a superb daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds mild on a posh, painful occasion that many adults ultimately face—the ultimate journey home.

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That’s Dad and me and Kenny, taken at the first Thanksgiving I had in LA. Moving out to LA meant that my family and I were going to be in close proximity to my oldest brother Kenny. My memories of Kenny are perhaps the most difficult part of writing this book. My recollection of him just doesn’t line up with those of family. What follows is my version of my relationship with him, and I’ve decided to get it out in the open for the first time. He was really the dominant male figure of my formative years, for reasons that started out good and eventually turned very bad.

Even though I didn’t have a name for this ritual, I knew it was wrong, because I would never throw away the garbage from my private feast in the kitchen wastebasket, or even our garbage can in the alley. I knew a savvy CIA operative like my mother would have nailed me. So I actually gathered the hollow Pringles can and the empty Jiffy boxes, put them in a bag, walked down the alley, lifted the metal lid of the Schumachers’ garbage can, and placed it in there. I owe the Schumachers an apology. If Mrs.

It all seemed so fantastic. Part of me really did have a bit of idol worship with him. And when I was a snotty little kid who annoyed the family by singing and dancing around in the house every night, he was the encouraging one. ” A comment like that, as simple as it sounds, can really fuel the optimism of a starstruck kid. Kenny’s behavior at other times, though, offered up contradictions. He had a terrible work ethic, for instance, which really burned itself into my brain as something very negative.

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