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Wild game my mother, her lover, and me

by Brodeur, Adrienne,

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"A daughter's tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity"--
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Booklist Review: "Brodeur's engrossing memoir examines a family defined by one woman's all-consuming magnetism. In 1980, when the author was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her in the middle of the night to tell her that Ben, Brodeur's stepfather's best friend, had kissed her. Brodeur became Malabar's closest confidante, erasing the boundary between parent and child, as that kiss grew into a long-term affair. Brodeur describes the thrill she felt at being her mother's best friend and the guilt of hiding such a major secret from her stepfather and brother. She helped Malabar and Ben shore up alibis and arrange meetings on Cape Cod and in New York City. Wild Game follows Brodeur through adulthood, examining the ripple effects that her relationship with her mother had on Brodeur's own romances. Brodeur changes the names of those involved except for her parents, acknowledging that the story is not hers alone. However, Brodeur includes clearly identifying details about her well-known stepfather, which some readers may find distracting. An absorbing story of secrets, love, and family.--Laura Chanoux Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This page-turning memoir about an especially fraught mother-daughter relationship from novelist Brodeur (Man Camp) reads like heady beach fiction. At age 14, Brodeur became enmeshed in her mother Malabar's affair with Ben-a married lifelong friend of Brodeur's stepfather Charles-covering for them even after Charles's death. At 21, Brodeur cheated on a boyfriend with Ben's son Jack: "like our parents before us, we spoke in a language rich in innuendo." She later became engaged to Jack, who knew nothing of their parents' affair, and kept quiet about it until Ben confessed to his family and ended the relationship with Malabar. Brodeur and Jack's wedding became "Malabar's battleground. She would be radiant... and show Ben what he was missing"; to that end, Malabar brought out a family heirloom promised to Brodeur on her wedding day-a necklace of allegedly priceless gems-and wore it herself. Wealth and social prominence abound against a summertime Cape Cod backdrop: Malabar was a Boston Globe food columnist, Charles founded the Plimoth Plantation living history museum, and Ben was a proud Mayflower descendant. Nine months after Ben's wife's died, Ben and Malabar married, and Malabar quickly cut off Brodeur, whose own marriage was crumbling: "Now that Malabar finally had Ben... she no longer needed me." This layered narrative of deceit, denial, and disillusionment is a surefire bestseller. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Brodeur, Adrienne
Brodeur, Adrienne Family
Hornblower, Malabar
Mothers and daughters United States Biography
Authors, American Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HMH Books2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781328519047
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