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Her Last Death: A Memoir
by Susanna Sonnenberg

Published: 2008-01-01
Hardcover : 288 pages
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Her Last Death begins as the phone rings early one morning in the Montana house where Susanna Sonnenberg lives with her husband and two young sons. Her aunt is calling to tell Susanna her mother is in a coma after a car accident. She might not live. Any daughter would rush the thousands ...
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Her Last Death begins as the phone rings early one morning in the Montana house where Susanna Sonnenberg lives with her husband and two young sons. Her aunt is calling to tell Susanna her mother is in a coma after a car accident. She might not live. Any daughter would rush the thousands of miles to her mother's bedside. But Susanna cannot bring herself to go. Her courageous memoir explains why.

Glamorous, charismatic and a compulsive liar, Susanna's mother seduced everyone who entered her orbit. With outrageous behavior and judgment tinged by drug use, she taught her child the art of sex and the benefits of lying. Susanna struggled to break out of this compelling world, determined, as many daughters are, not to become her mother.

Sonnenberg mines tender and startling memories as she writes of her fierce resolve to forge her independence, to become a woman capable of trust and to be a good mother to her own children. Her Last Death is riveting, disarming and searingly beautiful.

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  "none of the ladies enjoyed this book. poor discussion quality"by nelmsju (see profile) 10/23/08

 
  "Fascinating, disturbing, easy read"by jenniferharding (see profile) 05/15/08

This memoir takes us through three decades of Sonnenberg's life, mostly as it has been impacted by her mother whose promiscuity, drug addiction, and lack of mothering skills are startling. The writing... (read more)

 
  "mixed ratings"by knoxvillebc (see profile) 03/30/08

We had mixed reviews of this book. It did lead to some interesting discussions.

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