Wednesday, August 24, 2011

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Fiction Ruined My Family

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst

synopsis from the publisher:
Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations’ grandeur, and the romantic belief that Jeanne’s father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, though, it was abundantly clear to everyone but her father that despite the many years enslaved to the writer’s craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book. By her adolescence, the family was broke, and her mother was consoling herself with nightly boozefueled weep-a-thons, yet her father was still too possessed by the dream to stop and get a job.

Later Jeanne realizes she has inherited both the gene for alcoholism and the gene for wanting to write, and she isn’t sure which is more devastating. Does her need to write, to tell stories, mean that she’s doomed to repeat the mistakes of her father, or can she find a way to move beyond her family’s curse, and not have fiction ruin her life?

Now sober and a productive writer, she looks back on all those years with warmth, affection, and a moving degree of understanding—as well as wicked, deadpan humor.

Publishing October 2011 by Riverhead.

1 comment:

nomadreader said...

I love the title, and it sounds great. I'm eager to read this one toO!