In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out for good or ill who her parents really were. - Library Journal (starred review)Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love. But when she cleaned out her childhood home in the wake of her mother's death, she discovered artifacts of a life and a love affair that she didn't recognize--letters, photos of exotic locales, and startling documents that revealed hidden pasts and forced her to rethink everything she thought she knew about her life and her family. Determined to learn who her parents had really been, she embarks on a journey of discovery and encounters truths she could have never imagined. Part literary thriller, part detective story, My Dead Parents is the account of one woman's relentless quest to solve the tragic and complex mysteries of her past, and in so doing, to come more fully to terms with her life today....
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My Dead Parents: A Memoir Reviews
Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya’s dysfunctional upbringing results in her becoming a sullen, challenging teenager who rejects her parents in retaliation for their treatment of her. I initially found it hard to empathize with any of these seriously flawed ...more
My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication.
The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father’s death might have been more than a tragic accident?
I confess, I did have a few preconceived notions about this book. I thought the book would be centered mainly around Anya’s investigation into her father’s ‘accident’. However, the bulk of the boo ...more
This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir.
I received a free e-reader, ARC of this book from Random First to Read.
Anya, the author starts with revealing that her mother has died, then also her father quite a while before. She's an orphan at 32, but she isn't necessarily sad that her parents have both passed away. Her mother was an alcoholic, and her father was a cruel man for whom nothing was ever good enough. Anya describes her childhood and then in the process of cleaning out her mother's house, starts to realize that she didn't know e ...more
This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in.
After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her parents. Instead of viewing them as just her parents, she begins to view them as people, with desires, fears, and goals for the future. She had a difficult childhood, which she credits for turning her into the person sh ...more
The author was raised by an absentee, yet demanding father and an alcoholic mother. When her father passes away in a car accident, her mother spirals even further into her addiction and eventually passes away. When cleaning up her mother’s apartment, she finds letters and journals that teach her about what life was like before she was born. From there, embarks on a journey of learning more and more her parents and the family that came before them. Losing a parent is difficult. Losing both is wor ...more
This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32, she begins to find letters written by her father that show a side of him she's never seen. What follows is a deep dive into her parents history to reconstruct their lives through letters written by them, intervie ...more
This memoir encompasses the author's memories of her parents- first expressed from a child's perspective and then as a adult able to reflect on their lives separately from her own. The book reflects the author's maturing stance towards her parents which unfortunately came after their deaths. Despite her rants & anger towards her father and mother, the following quote captures the essence of the writings- "I realized that wanting to know them better was the way I expressed and dealt with my g ...more