By Alix Kates Shulman
A decent, unflinching mirrored image at the which means of kinfolk, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t looking ahead to aiding her getting older mom and dad fresh out their residence and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal existence in long island urban. yet as she begun dismantling their residence of 40 years, the duty developed right into a helpful studying event she may by no means forget.
Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, brilliant humans from whom she remained far away whereas pursuing a literary occupation. She reveals herself grappling with remorse and looking redemption within the look for what it potential to be a superb daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds mild on a posh, painful occasion that many adults ultimately face—the ultimate journey home.
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I am looking at the home of the Ice Queen. I stand at the door and gulp at a panorama of ice and snow. There are mountain ranges to the south that send a shiver of awe through me. Every book on Antarctica emphasises that it is the highest, flattest, driest, coldest… I knew it was the land of extremities but it’s one thing to read about it and quite another to bear witness to its blazing, frigid perfection. I stand at the exit of the plane and gaze mutely about me. For a silent moment I don’t notice the cold or the bustle of people below me.