Book: BLACK ASH & GREEN (sessions with my therapist) by N.E Childe Donaldsoncategories: Book, Non-Fiction, Relationships, Child Abuse, Depression, Addiction, Adversity, Lifestyle, Biographic, Memoir
N.E. CHILDEabout this book: For a story that contains child abuse and other unsavoury events, at first it would seem a daunting subject to tackle, and may even be a little off-putting, but yes, while there were references to some unpleasantness, it's not the whole story and it's not too graphic or distressing. In fact, given the subject matter, the narrative throughout is extremely amusing the way it flows in terms of describing a young person's life struggles which weren't helped by encountering certain members of society no one would want to meet and relaying certain 'hairy'circumstances.
The essence therefore of this memoir is the survival aspect, and in very honest down-to-earth descriptions of some of the 'scrapes' the author got herself into, from the time she ran away from a dysfunctional home, to whom she met then, and the types of 'marginal' people she hung around with; some much worse off than herself, it became a very positive account of a young adults life's ups and downs.
The author is now middle-aged looking back at her earlier years, and it would be summed up an amusing rendition of life rather than a 'poor-me' delivery. This author is often throughout the chapters falling down and picking herself up and dusting herself off.
This memoir is an enlightening and wickedly candid read, amusing in parts, but very much a heart-warmer when you get to the end. You may need the use of the odd Kleenex tissue or two as 'all in the garden was hardly rosy' (there's an unfortunate pun there you will notice when you read it) and certain accounts tugged at the heart strings and the play on words in the obvious pseudonym is necessary to protect both the innocent and the guilty.
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