This is not a book that will give you warm fuzzies (alcoholism, child molestation, and poverty are the major players), but I did love its style. Written in very short chapters (some are just a few paragraphs long, others a few pages), they are almost short story-like, although they are all related and move the story forward.
How’s that for vague?
Basically, it’s a coming of age story in which our narrator, Rory Dawn, is growing up in a very poor, very rough trailer park on the outskirts of Reno. It’s not pretty, by any stretch of the imagination. Since I work for Social Services, I usually shy away from stories in which the families are involved with Social Services. But the cover of this one caught my eye (how could I resist the library pocket-thingie??), and the story ended up totally sucking me in.
The only thing that I found jarring was the total vagueness and naivety of the narrator when the abuse was occurring, juxtaposed with her later voice in which she comes across as too mature.
Still. I thought this was a great book and I especially loved the style in which the story was presented. If you love hard-luck, grim, depressing tales, then I’d highly recommend this one! (And yes, that’s an ironic exclamation point…it feels weird to be gleefully recommending depressing books).