Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Long Journey Home: A Memoir


By Margaret Robison


Everyone has a story. Margaret Robison's story took many years to tell. Her sons (Augusten Burroughs and John Elder Robison) told only bits and pieces of her story in telling their own stories. Margaret used poetry to share glimpses of her thoughts and feelings, but poetry is just that: glimpses. Here in her memoir, Margaret Robison is able to tell her own very emotional story.

Margaret's Southern Gothic childhood, and life in the 1950s, was a different world than the world today. However, even then it was a facade. It was not the life that it appeared to be, setting the stage for many of Margaret's later struggles. The difficult societal changes following the 1950s were challenging enough. Add to that Margaret's turmoil in dealing with issues of alcoholism and mental illness, not only as a woman but as a wife and mother.

Margaret is open about her battles and her feelings. Her memoir is difficult to read in its honesty and its poignancy. Yet it is beautifully told and ultimately inspirational.

Indeed, it was a long journey for Margaret, but I believe she is finally "Home".

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