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Fiction Ruined My Family

by Jeanne Darst

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"Beautifully paced . . . heartbreaking and hilarious."—USA Today
Augusten Burroughs meets Mary Karr: a deeply funny and wickedly entertaining family memoir.

The youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated St. Louis family— of prominent journalists and politicians on one side, debutantes and equestrians on the other— Jeanne Darst grew up hearing stories of past grandeur. And the message she internalized as a young girl was clear: While things might be a bit tight for us right now, it's only temporary. Soon her father would sell the Great American Novel and reclaim the family's former glory.
The Darsts move from St. Louis to New York, and Jeanne's father writes one novel, then another, which don't find publishers. This, combined with her mother's burgeoning alcoholism, lead to financial disaster and divorce. And as Jeanne becomes an adult, she is horrified to discover that she is not only a drinker like her mother, but a writer like her father. At first, and for years, she embraces both activities— and until she can stop putting drinking and writing ahead of everything else, it's a questionable choice.
Ultimately, Darst sets out to discover whether a person can have the writing without the ruin, whether it's possible to be both sober and creative, ambitious and happy, a professional author and a parent. Filled with brilliantly flawed, idiosyncratic characters and punctuated by Darst's irreverent eye for absurdity, Fiction Ruined My Family is a lovingly told, wickedly funny portrait of an unconventional life.

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Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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  • Release date: September 29, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9781101547847
  • Release date: September 29, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9781101547847
  • File size: 247 KB
  • Release date: September 29, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9781101547113
  • File size: 592 KB
  • Release date: September 29, 2011


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"Beautifully paced . . . heartbreaking and hilarious."—USA Today
Augusten Burroughs meets Mary Karr: a deeply funny and wickedly entertaining family memoir.

The youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated St. Louis family— of prominent journalists and politicians on one side, debutantes and equestrians on the other— Jeanne Darst grew up hearing stories of past grandeur. And the message she internalized as a young girl was clear: While things might be a bit tight for us right now, it's only temporary. Soon her father would sell the Great American Novel and reclaim the family's former glory.
The Darsts move from St. Louis to New York, and Jeanne's father writes one novel, then another, which don't find publishers. This, combined with her mother's burgeoning alcoholism, lead to financial disaster and divorce. And as Jeanne becomes an adult, she is horrified to discover that she is not only a drinker like her mother, but a writer like her father. At first, and for years, she embraces both activities— and until she can stop putting drinking and writing ahead of everything else, it's a questionable choice.
Ultimately, Darst sets out to discover whether a person can have the writing without the ruin, whether it's possible to be both sober and creative, ambitious and happy, a professional author and a parent. Filled with brilliantly flawed, idiosyncratic characters and punctuated by Darst's irreverent eye for absurdity, Fiction Ruined My Family is a lovingly told, wickedly funny portrait of an unconventional life.

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    Penguin Publishing Group

    Kindle Book
    Release date: September 29, 2011

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781101547847
    Release date: September 29, 2011

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781101547847
    File size: 247 KB
    Release date: September 29, 2011

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9781101547113
    File size: 592 KB
    Release date: September 29, 2011

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