Sunday, February 21, 2010
Another memoir by Mary Karr, this one follows her battle with alcoholism, her divorce, and her conversion from agnosticism to Catholicism. Although I read one review that accuses her of being unfair to her ex-husband, I thought she presented him fairly, making it very clear what he had put up with in terms of her own behavior prior to stopping drinking. She was raised in Texas by alcoholic parents and a mentally ill mother, but went on to become an accomplished poet. It's one of those American stories about moving out of the social class you were born into, and those stories are always fascinating.
My rating: **** (out of 5)