by Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Reviewed by Linda:
I'm a compulsive reader of memoirs about eccentric families. Vicki Laveau-Harvie takes a new approach to the topic. She describes with much dark humor how she and her sister were summoned back to their childhood home in Alberta, Canada, when their elderly parents could no longer live independently. The daughters were lucky to have survived their childhoods with their tyrannical mother and deeply damaged father, and had come to accept being permanently exiled by them. The sisters return with trepidation, unsure what to expect. The craziness that they encounter--and the ways that they seek to rescue their father--makes for powerful reading.