We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home.
Overhearing the nurse tell Linda—since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name—about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event—unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.
Dad recovered, but the marriage ailed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.
In this candid and compassionate memoir Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Writing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very touching, compelling portrait of a unique family. It is a quick read that you'll want to finish in one sitting. The author doesn't sugarcoat her life, nor does she try to make us feel sorry for her. She presents the facts in a realist manner, allowing the reader to find their own reaction to each part of the story. Throughout the book, we go back and forth between Nicole's childhood and her adult life, learning that discovering her father's girlfriend, as described in the blurb, is hardly the beginning of the unusual in her life. I laughed, I cried, and I cringed at some of the situations in this family. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources.
I so wasn't expecting this book to be filled with so many emotions like it was or everything that happened to this family. When you read the blurb for this book, you think that this family has some issues but I wasn't expecting everything that happened before Nicole's dad was in the coma. As you go back and forth between kinda present day and the past, you get more of a backstory of what is going on in the present day that will make total sense by the end of the book. I'm not gonna lie, this book will make you cry for what is happening and at other times, will make you cringe for what is happening. I don't want to spoil anything but this is truly a real look at what really happens behind the front door at home for most families. It's sad, funny and most important a family that deals with the hard stuff in the best possible way for them. Thank You to Nicole Harkin for sharing your life story with the world! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources!