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A Must Read
Reviewed in India on 16 September 2020
Beautifully written yet poignant and brutal. The story highlights the impact of ego and pride on the stability and happiness of a family with everlasting effect on the personality of the children living in such circumstances.
It is the story of Agnes who is not only egotistical and alcoholic, but has a very selfish relationship with all the people in her life. Even her children are not spared. The children on the other hand, do all they can to save her from herself. But they end up losing themselves to the point where they have no other option but to go away or wither away in the hope that things will be good one day.
I loved the bond between Shuggie and Agnes, a fragile and a twisted one between the mother and the son. For Shuggie she is everything but for Agnes he is another human to be used and discarded.
The book is about self obsession, poverty, alcoholism and broken people, scarred for life.