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I Have to Tell You Something

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The crown jewel of Fish Camp brags came one summer when my dad, a few hundred yards down the river and cussing so loud that the fish probably covered their ears, lost his favorite lure after his line snapped while reeling in a strong fish; about an hour later, I caught an impressive largemouth bass. Haha, Lizzie would be appalled if she read some of what passes for fiction these days… not to mention Darcy! The woods and waters of Northern Michigan provided a lot of necessary set elements for my “go rub some dirt in it, you’ll be fine” childhood. Clearly no contender for Mother of the Year, Ursula Kennedy also repeatedly broke her promises to her second son Robert and his wife Kate, whose marriage was on the verge of disintegration immediately prior to her and her husband's corpses being found in the slurry pit of the farm. I hated one of the characters so much and there was one particular scene where I felt so much emotion reading it that I had to put the book down for a moment.

Ursula is not known for her gentle treatment of family members either, her eldest son Mark having committed suicide a few years before his parents' deaths, and her sensitive daughter Christina left irrevocably damaged by Ursula's lack of maternal warmth. Eventually, I packed up my tackle box and turned my back to the river, figuring the monsters—except for the fish ghost—would come from the woods. Kate and Rob had been arguing with Ursula over a barn conversion, but neither of them would resort to a double murder. I was happy to help Dad, and even from a young age, I saw the exhaustion in his face when he came home.Unflinchingly honest and at the same time comforting, this memoir is an honest portrayal of finding not only acceptance in the world, but also accepting one’s self.

The last name Buttigieg (pronounced “BOOT-uh-jej”) is Maltese (from a small group of islands in the middle of the Mediterranean). They were also very strict about money, and whatever money we had to spend on ourselves was earned or saved from birthdays or special occasions.Nope, I think my TBR is safe from you at the moment… 😉 Oh, and I loved your nod to Austen – brilliant! The farmer and his wife are dead and the kids aren’t doing so hot either as they try to put together the pieces. I was really pleased with what this said about my fishing skills, though of course I never would have said that out loud.

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