A compelling memoir of a woman's inner turmoil as she fights to suppress memories of a traumatic childhood. Outwardly she is successful with a rising career and young family but is haunted by a past of domestic violence. Through a child's eye she reveals what it was like to grow up in a dysfunctional family; the pain of being forgotten and abused, but the heart of the story is the impact to her as an adult and how she was able to grow beyond it.
A deeply moving story of the violence that is often hidden in families, families that live next door or sit next to you at church. It shares how the author struggled as an adult, struggled with her past, while trying to please everyone around her.
The author weaves memories of her childhood with entries from her journals to share her struggle to protect her own children, love shared through letters from a special grandma, and doing the hard work of reconciling with her past.
This story gives insight into the complexities of family relationships and how each generation impacts the next. The author shares the methods she used to reconcile with her past and regain joy in her life. No family is perfect; some are deeply flawed, but hide it well. Left hidden the flaws become normalized and get passed on to the next generation.