A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir by Alix Kates Shulman

By Alix Kates Shulman

A good, unflinching mirrored image at the that means of family members, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t looking ahead to supporting her getting older mom and dad fresh out their condo and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal existence in big apple urban. yet as she begun dismantling their condo of 40 years, the duty advanced right into a priceless studying event she might by no means forget.

Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, bright 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 great daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds gentle on a posh, painful occasion that many adults finally face—the ultimate journey home.

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I had just moved to Springfield that summer, forty-five minutes from my parents’ lake house near Branson. Up till then, I’d rarely visited my parents there. Now, Mom and Dad were eager to show me the sights, catching me up on what I’d missed. As we strolled through Silver Dollar City, Dad kept referring to times when I was little that we had visited this Ozark theme park, this tourist trap. But as the wheel cut through the water in its lazy revolution, I felt no flicker of interest, no stir of memory.

The only girl among brothers, I found these interactions exotic. My mother and her sisters had been little girls less than thirty miles from Rocky Ridge Farm during the years that Laura Ingalls Wilder was there writing her first books. We’d all practically memorized those books. Jody and I grew up re-enacting our favorite parts, making long skirts out of sheets and pretending that our beds were covered wagons. I was thirteen the last summer that Aunt Shirley was able to travel, the summer that she took Jody and me to the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and wrote about.

I was transfixed by the story of the woman who didn’t speak Russian but claimed to have the same scars, birthmarks, ears, feet, handwriting, and facial proportions as the youngest daughter of Russia’s last Czar. I had been through obsessions with time travel and with children raised by wolves, gazelles, and apes. For the amnesiac, the time traveler, the feral child, the world becomes a minefield requiring constant negotiation to heal the rifts between The One that Got Away familiarity and strangeness.

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