Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Sky Isn't Visible from Here: A book Review

The Sky Isn't Visible from here is a sad story about a girl's life. I was amazed at what Felicia (aka "Lisa" to her mom and Albie) had gone through in her childhood. This book is very descriptive with flash backs to her childhood. I couldn't believe that this woman went through all that as a child. It is horrific to know that there is such a childhood to many kids out there. I did like how Felicia writes. She was very good about "drawing the picture in your mind" about what she describes. As sad as it was to read the book, it was a book hard to put down. Felicia really engages the reader. You feel her pain, little joys, and sorrow.
About the Book:From the Publisher: "Felicia Sullivan's mother disappeared on the night Sullivan graduated from college and has not been seen or heard from in the ten years since. Sullivan, who grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn in the 1980s, now looks back on her childhood -- lived among drug dealers, users, substitute fathers, and a host of unsavory characters. Ever the responsible child, Sullivan became her mother's keeper, taking her to the hospital when she overdoses, withstanding her narcissistic rages, succumbing to the abuse or indifference of so-called stepfathers, and always wondering why her mother would never reveal the truth about the father she'd never met. But then, Sullivan's volatile, beautiful, deceitful, drug-addicted mother altered the truth in many cruel ways."Ashamed of her past, Sullivan invented a persona to show the world. But keeping up a facade has its price, and before she knew it, she, too, was snorting coke in nightclubs, throwing back shots of tequila like candy, and eventually taking a leave of absence from her Ivy League graduate program. In fact, she had become her mother."A book about secrets and forgiveness, The Sky Isn't Visible from Here is also the story of a young woman unraveling -- and then putting her life back together again."Read a Book excerpt on the Huffington Post.Read interviews with Ms. Sullivan at: Interview in the Gothamist, Biography on Identity Theory, and Interview on Cruelest MonthYou can check out Felicia's blog here: Felicia Sullivan's Blog
Overall, I thought this book to be a sad read. There is foul language in there (whick I could go without), and terms that a non-drug user (such as myself) didn't really know. I learned more about a girl (woman) who went through a very sad that no child should endure. Thank you Mother-Talk for the opportunity to review this book.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your very kind review!!!!
Warmly, Felicia