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Stray From The Bestselling Author Of Sweetbitter, A Memoir Of Growing Up In A Family Shattered By Lies And Addiction, And Of One Woman S Attempts To Find A Life Beyond The Limits Of Her Past Stray Is A Moving, Sometimes Devastating, Brilliantly Written And Ultimately Inspiring Exploration Of The Landscapes Of Damage And SurvivalAfter Selling Her First Novel A Dream She D Worked Long And Hard For Stephanie Danler Knew She Should Be Happy Instead, She Found Herself Driven To Face The Difficult Past She D Left Behind A Decade Ago A Mother Disabled By Years Of Alcoholism, Further Handicapped By A Tragic Brain Aneurysm A Father Who Abandoned The Family When She Was Three, Now A Meth Addict In And Out Of Recovery After Years In New York City She S Pulled Home To Southern California By Forces She Doesn T Totally Understand, Haunted By Questions Of Legacy And Trauma Here, She Works Toward Answers, Uncovering Hard Truths About Her Parents And Herself As She Explores Whether It S Possible To Change The Course Of Her History Lucid And Honest, Heart Breaking And Full Of Hope, Stray, Is An Examination Of What We Inherit And What We Don T Have To, Of What We Have To Face In Ourselves To Move Forward, And What It S Like To Let Go Of One S Parents In Order To Find A Peace And Family Of One S Own Nothing is ever simply black and white but people will still refuse to see the gray until you show them Stray discusses three things in earnest Stephanie Danler s mother, her father and her affair with a married man I could write about how carefully she explores her childhood, as now seen through the eyes of an adult How addiction affected every aspect of her life and yet she didn t succumb to it, herself Instead I want to share how much I appreciated her honesty about having an affair.Affai Nothing is ever simply black and white but people will still refuse to see the gray until you show them Stray discusses three things in earnest Stephanie Danler s mother, her father and her affair with a married man I could write about how carefully she explores her childhood, as now seen through the eyes of an adult How addiction affected every aspect of her life and yet she didn t succumb to it, herself Instead I want to share how much I appreciated her honesty about having an affair.Affairs are touchy subjects, especially when the people involved don t appear to be begging for forgiveness Nobody wants to think that the person they re with would be capable of connecting with someone else, of committing the ultimate betrayal To read about such a case is difficult, yes, butthan that, it shumanizing Admitting something that most would keep private cracks herself wide open for all of us Allows us to inspect her closely to find the parts of us that match It s no easy feat and she does it near flawlessly Nothing in this memoir felt trite, though it had every opportunity to be so A child forgives their parents Chooses love after a lifetime of hiding from it It sounds indulgent but translates as nothing short of remarkable I can t wait for everyone to read this book Sweetbitter was a wonderful read, if a little too MFA graduate for me, but Stray is a feat The writing is clear and beautiful and never condescends She is careful with her subjects and careless with herself, which is to say she s incredibly honest with us Definitely recommend I m still musing on this, mulling it over and trying to wrap my head around it Stephanie Danler is not nice to herself in this book She s harsh on everyone herself, her parents, the people around her I spent a lot of this book with my heart in my throat, sad for her past and her seeming inability to realize that she isn t actually living in the present while she tries to move on from her horrible childhood The things she does feel so reactionary and yet believable This book is the story o I m still musing on this, mulling it over and trying to wrap my head around it Stephanie Danler is not nice to herself in this book She s harsh on everyone herself, her parents, the people around her I spent a lot of this book with my heart in my throat, sad for her past and her seeming inability to realize that she isn t actually living in the present while she tries to move on from her horrible childhood The things she does feel so reactionary and yet believable This book is the story of a woman viscerally stripping herself bare for the reader, but then at the end something incredible happened to me Danler doesn t tie everything up in a bow, but she leaves the reader with so much hope And in the end, that s all we can ask for not that everything be perfect, but that we know that everything will be okay How did she manage to hit my mommy issues, daddy issues, and commitment issues all in 233 pages Beautiful.

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