|Memoir Writing: The Sky Isn't Visible from Here|
Felicia Sullivan's life can be split into three sections: before cocaine, during her mother's addiction, and after her mother has left. Somewhere in the middle of these she lost herself.
A tumultuous childhood filled with bad men, bad drugs, and bad mothering put this innocent little girl on the path to self-destruction. Whether it be watching her Aunt wither away to nothing or her best friend try to take her own life, Felicia is no stranger to heartache.
This is a story about the ties that bind us to our families and whether or not it's ever possible to really let go. It's also a story about forgiveness and the ability to rise above. Felicia's journey from girl to woman puts her in situations that none of us ever want our own children to experience.
|Memoir Writing: The Sky Isn't Visible from Here Opinion|
This is both a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale. It's hard to imagine the circumstances Felicia grew up in and it's even harder to imagine that she has been able to overcome so many obstacles to get where she is today.
I'm always skeptical about memoirs because I often feel like they paint an unrealistic picture of how happy and well-adjusted the writer has become. Don't get me wrong - I sincerely hope that anyone who has suffered such an indescribably unfair childhood is able to find peace with it and move on - I just don't think it's possible not to struggle on the way. Felicia is honest about her journey, she pulls no punches when she details her decline into drugs and alcohol. Her emotions are raw and her actions are upsetting. But they are also understandable. She is a product of her environment.
It's because of her honesty that her memoir is leaps and bounds better than the rest I've read. That and she's a terrific writer. Her truthful recount of her life coupled with a memorable voice make this the best book I've had the fortune to read in it's genre.
And what a lesson in rising above that we could all stand to learn.
|Memoir Writing: The Sky Isn't Visible from Here Discussion Questions|
- How could someone survive a childhood like Felicia's and still grow into a functioning adult?
- Do you feel sorry for Felicia's mother at any time?
- Felicia lives a double life for quite some time. Have you ever felt the need to cover up who you really were because it embarrassed you?
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AUTHOR(S): Felicia Sullivan
TYPE OF BOOK: Nonfiction, Memoir
NUMBER OF PAGES: 253
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2008
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