I just posted this review on Amazon and it seemed silly to write a whole new one just for this blog, I really don;t have any new insights froma few minutes ago til now so I'm just going to cut and paste and hope no one is offended by my laziness...
I had a bit of a hard time determining if this book is a memoir or if it is a fictional novel (different places in the book label it as either) but after reading it I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter either way. What it is, is a marvelous stand alone piece that illustrates time and place with the authors brilliant sparse use of words.
Much like the old saying about music, the words left out of this book are just as important to the whole of the story as the words used to write it.
In a market full of memoirs (let's assume it's a memoir for now) written from a male point of view, this is one of the very best growning up in/near Boston memoirs that I have read, not only becasue it stands apart from the pack for it's female point of view but it's written with such a unique style that makes it a book you just can't put down til the ride is through.
Touching, heart breaking and side splittingly funny, anyone with even the slightest family disfunction will find something to relate to in this book.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more from this brilliant voice.
Seriously, go buy this book, it's awesome.
Milk-Amnesia - Donna-Lethal (Link to Amazon)