to @adriennebrodeur on the release of from @houghtonmifflinharcourt! 📘👩🏼👱🏼♂️👱🏻♀️🥴 At just 14 years old, the author’s (married) mother, Malabar, asked her to help conceal her affair with Ben, a married man. This memoir chronicles the aftereffects of that extremely improper and unfair request. “How quickly she’d decided to change her life course in that moment, tacking to catch a new wind, with me tangled in the riggings.” This was an intimate look at a Dysfunctional (with a capital D!) and very complicated mother/daughter relationship. I wasn’t sure about it at first but ended up really liking it. It made me sad how much her mother’s selfishness affected the author’s decisions for such a big chunk of her late adolescence and adult life. In the end, I respected the author for the tough choices she made in order to improve her own mental health and would recommend this for those who enjoy reading about complex mother/daughter relationships.