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Thank you Christina
on 4 November 2009
For the fans of Joan Crawford this is undoubtedly a difficult read, to the point where they throw their hands up in horror and scream "Liar" at the author.
Christina Crawford has my utmost sympathy and thanks. As someone who grew up with an alcoholic mother, I could immediately identify with what she was writing, in fact to date this is the first book I have read on the subject where I felt that way. The erratic mood swings, the midnight raids and being dragged out of bed, the screaming tirades ... I found this book a difficult read but only because it put me right back there again.
What goes on behind closed doors can be truly shocking and for a child the most terrifying thing of all is to know that everyone else perceives your parent quite differently and that they buy into the personable public image. When your mother was a movie star and not just an ordinary "mum" as mine was, the horror of that situation must have been immense.