Today is yet another book haul post (there’s been a lot of them lately hasn’t there 😉 ) but this time it’s a book I received back in early July but haven’t been able to post about until now (as I’m so overwhelmed with too many books, lol!). I want to say a huge thank you to Sabrina who contacted me about this book as well as the author Laura Hall for kindly sending over a copy all the way from America! Wow! It’s a memoir, which is a favourite non-fiction genre of mine, and on a very personal subject to the author…
Affliction: Growing Up With a Closeted Gay Dad by Laura Hall – Laura Hall was born in a small city on the San Francisco peninsula to a straight mother and a gay father who lived in the shadows. She grew up in the post–World War II era of hopeful optimism and entered her teenage years during the rebellious sixties.
Laura’s father, it turned out, also longed to rebel, although social constriction prevented him from doing so. By the time he came out to her in 1975, she was a twice-divorced, twenty-four-year-old single mother struggling to make sense of how her “perfect” family of origin could have sheltered so many secrets.
Another three decades would pass before Laura would exam her own infidelities, multiple partners, night terrors, and fear of abandonment in light of the double life her father led throughout his sixty-five-year marriage to her mother. A Family Affliction is a tender and frank account of how a father’s secret became his daughter’s inheritance and, ultimately, the path to her own healing.
I’ve read an extract of this book and it is so readable and interesting. I enjoy memoirs, especially when they touch on difficult moments in people’s lives so I’m keen to find out what happens in this book. I will be reviewing it as soon as I can although I have a bit of a backlog of reviews that I’m trying my best to get done quickly so it might still be a bit of time before I read this one but as soon as I can there’ll be a review for it here so I hope you’ll want to keep an eye out for that. 🙂
What do you think of this book? Do you enjoy reading memoirs? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂