Wild Game ( Kindle ePUB ) AUTHOR Adrienne Brodeur

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A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic complicated mother and the chilling conseuences of her complicity On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen her mother Malabar woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come Ben Souther just kissed me    Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante a I don t remember much about the experience of reading this book beyond the fact that I had trouble putting it downI love memoirs I sometimes struggle to read nonfiction because I love stories but there s a specific part of my love of stories that s dedicated to those that are true Autobiographies and memoirs even of mundane or unknown lives will never cease to intrigue me because people and their existences are endlessly fascinatingThis was no exceptionThis particular story is relatively unremarkable It details one young girl s complicity in her mother s infidelity the mother using the daughter for support and deceit and help It s not world shaking The idea of it doesn t automatically call for permanent recording in published pages But it s beautifully written and real and somehow suspenseful and I truly enjoyed reading it Bottom line Maybe there s an overwhelming influx of memoirs of late but there will never seem to be too many for me u n p u t d o w n a b l ereview to come 4 stars oh my god the dramathanks to HMH for the arc

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Nd helpmate blossoming in the sudden light of her attention and from then on Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend The affair would have calamitous conseuences for everyone involved impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways driving her into a precarious marriage of her own and then into a deep depression Onl I understand that the author had a narcissistic catty every bad female stereotype put into one horrid woman mother and I sympathize with herHowever other than the relationship between the author and her mother this is a story about an extremely privileged woman and her family who regularly summers in beach houses cares so much about a piece of jewelry that it defines her relationship with her mother and was just planning on her parents financially supporting her when she upended her life well into adulthood and the vapid issues that arise for people who live this kind of lifestyle while also lacking any ambition to do anything meaningfulFor example if you came from a single mother family that faced extreme financial hardship your mother would be too busy working all the time too stressed about money all the time to be conspiring with her teenage daughter about how to have an affair with a married man If you came from an immigrant household in which your parents faced adversaries in their home countries you have never and will never endure your relationship with them is of gratitude guilt responsibility to make them proud and many other layers but having an elaborate affair that is the only thing you care about is the last thing anyone has time for The very concept of applying the situation presented in the book to either of these examples just sounds so laughable when put into perspective The author even says that she doesn t know what her mom was doing with her time while the author was going to school which means she wasn t working They had an entire section of their mansion dedicated to the help so she wasn t doing house cleaning either The conflict presented in this book seems like something only people with almost no responsibilities no financial hardships and no jobs could have the time forI suppose my point is just that if you were raised in any way less spoiled than the author was a very easy bar to meet I don t think you ll find much meaningfulness or beneficial life lessons from this story Still it was an entertaining read kind of like how TV shows of the frivolously wealthy eg Gossip Girl are entertaining But it wasn t as profound or chilling for me as the reviews made it seem

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Y years later will she find the strength to embrace her life and her mother on her own terms   Wild Game is a brilliant timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make It’s a remarkable story of resilience a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us 35 StarsJust imagine it At the age of fourteen years old Adrienne Brodeur is awoken in the middle of the night by her mother Malabar and is informed that her stepfather s best friend Ben Souther just kissed her mother Malabar is excited and desperately wants advice from her fourteen year old daughter And so it begins Adrienne goes from being her mother s daughter to her confidante and the one she relies on most This goes on for the better part of a decade while Malabar carries on an affair with Ben Souther behind Charles her husband s back and behind Lily Ben s wife s back Talk about Dysfunction Malabar never ever stops to think about the conseuences suffered by anyone around her least of all her own daughter Of course these events shape Adrienne s entire life How could they not WIld Game My Mother Her Lover and Me is a memoir by Adrienne Brodeur which is astounding and wholly unbelievable I simply could not fathom that a mother could do those things to their own daughter While this memoir is gripping I was admittedly left wanting as there are moments that are written in of a tell v show style of writing that left me wishing I felt of Adrienne s emotions throughout Regardless Adrienne s story is compelling enough that I couldn t help but be drawn into her story wondering how on earth she could survive such a dysfunctional traumatic childhood and even thrive in adulthood This memoir is proof positive that strength conuers allThank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Adrienne Brodeur for the galley to read and reviewPublished on Goodreads on 22420


10 thoughts on “Wild Game

  1. says:

    28 This flimsy memoir about a motherdaughter relationship was a painless but hollow reading experience I felt some sympathy for the confusion the author experienced but was mostly detached Takeaway You need than messed up mother to create a memorable memoir

  2. says:

    Wild Game My Mother Her Lover and Me is the story of Adrienne Brodeur’s tumultuous relationship with her mother Malabar The fateful night setting their relationship on its course occurs when Adrienne is just 14

  3. says:

    I don’t remember much about the experience of reading this book beyond the fact that I had trouble putting it downI love memoirs I sometimes struggle to read nonfiction because I love stories but there’s a specific part of my lov

  4. says:

    An emotional memoir that I had to keep reminding myself was not a work of fictionThis was a uick easy read because it was written in such a way that it almost felt like reading someone's diary You know that feeling of uncovering someone's de

  5. says:

    I LOVED this memoir couldn't put it down Elizabeth and I loved it so much that we chose it for the next Happier Podcast Book Club Read along join in we're talking to Adrienne Brodeur in the new year The subtitle says it all

  6. says:

    I understand that the author had a narcissistic catty every bad female stereotype put into one horrid woman mother and I s

  7. says:

    Hollow experience

  8. says:

    35 StarsJust imagine it At the age of fourteen years old Adrienne Brodeur is awoken in the middle of the night by her mother Malabar and is informed that her stepfather’s best friend Ben Souther just kissed her

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    Find all of my reviews at Soooooooooooooooooooooo apparently this is a thing Which of course I didn’t know about but somehow was well prepared for anyway due to my lack of timely reviewing Here’s a selection that I read on September 1st and never wrote imaged upFull disclosure I was offered an advanced copy of Wild Game and took it as so

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    Why I love itby Jessica TurnerI’m not a big nonfiction reader but I devoured Wild Game pun intended As a mother of three k