I was attracted to the poetry of Anne Sexton in the late 1960s and early 1970s so when I stumbled across this memoir by her daughter I was naturally interested. I knew nothing of Anne Sexton's life apart from her confessional poetry and the fact of her suicide. To call this memoir harrowing is rather an understatement. Linda Gray Sexton grew up in a highly dysfunctional family and suffered mental, physical and sexual abuse throughout her childhood. Her painfully honest memoir is difficult to read at times. Brilliant poet but terrible mother, Anne Sexton suffered from severe mental illness which created a family life full of constant tension, uncertainty, drama and potential catastrophe. Linda's complex feelings toward her mother are laid bare - and it is hard to understand the depth of her capacity for forgiveness. It is hardly surprising that Linda's own journey through life following her mother's suicide has been difficult, and she is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
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