Spoiled Children of Divorce

“Her Last Death”
January 6, 2008, 11:22 pm
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A new book out that I haven’t read and don’t know if I can really face because it sounds a little too much like my own story.  Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg.  The wild Mommy, Britney Spears kind of crazy but with child custody.  Rather the children have been given custody of the Mommy because the Daddy couldn’t handle her.
From the review in today’s paper it sounds like Sonnenberg’s parents divorced when she was 7 and she became the parent in the family.  I don’t know what happens to her Father, he sounds pretty much absent. As usual I suspect that the part about “The Big D” is kept under glossy wraps for the more tolerable drugs, sex and death story. Divorce doesn’t sell because the lawyers and the therapists are the only people with any money to spend.  The book concentrates on Sonnenberg’s relationship with her druggee, sexed out Mommy and is written maybe as a way of dealing with the guilt from the subsecquent estrangement and of not being able to visit her Mother as she lay dying.  Hey, at least she went fast (car crash).  Here’s a link to a funny review of the book where silly children of normal families crack jokes about how “awful” their own childhoods were in comparison. If you can’t talk openly about this shit you might as well laugh about it:  http://gawker.com/336705/susanna-sonnenbergs-mom-sounds-cool-scary.

I’ll probably never read this book because it hits too close to home but thanks for writing it, Susanna Sonnenberg. Maybe I’ll go to the movie when it comes out.

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