‘A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family.
Richard Glover’s favourite dinner party game is called ‘Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents?’. It’s a game he always thinks he’ll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard’s English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past – but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds – even if they are only flesh wounds.’
This book was an incredible read and so hard to put down. I related to Richard Glover in a lot of ways. I empathized with Glover on so many levels.
Originally I was going to give this book four stars but after a few days of reflection, I am giving it 5. Richard Glover shows that a person can overcome a bad situation when surrounded by the right people. A narcissist’s child can grow up to be a good parent. He had the option of letting his childhood completely bring him down and he could easily have replicated his parents but he didn’t. This book really stayed with me. Days on I am still thinking about it.
This book was selected for our book club and I hope the other ladies loved it too. I am interested in hearing what they have to say about it. I read this book in two sittings and just loved Glover’s humour throughout his personal and sometimes painful experiences.
My recommendation: A fascinating story of hope for children of narcissits and absent parents.