A much accurate title for this memoir would be Water Is A Metaphor I Overuse My Dad is an Alcoholic and I m Rage filled and Ashamed at myself for being gay.The book is split between those two themes, over two decades I foolishly thought Oh, she will talk about being gay in 1983 She s gonna talk about learning about the AIDS crisis and how it was in Kentucky Uh, she whined about her feeeeeeliiiinnngs for women A lot And used a lot of juvenile, stilted language to vaguely describe semi encounters with other girls She tried to spin this as romance, I think, but I laughed and wistfully thought of much, much better stories I ve read with these themes They often took place in the 1950s, when the taboo of homosexuality showed up a little differently None of the stories were supposed to be romantic they were sad Here, I have no clue what she was trying to do shame herself out of being gay If I whine enough at my readers, somehow I can be straight No.I wasn t nearly as bitter or judgmental about the decade in which she addressed her father s alcoholism I was bored Very little of this book is about swimming or lifeguarding said activities are used as chapter transitions for no reason. In Her Sharply Observed And Ultimately Redemptive Memoir, Catherine McCall Paints A Vivid And Sometimes Heartbreaking Portrait Of Growing Up In A Complicated Southern Family, Whose Perfect Fa Ade Hides Crippling Imperfections There Are Two Parents, Three Children, And Five Ghosts In The McCall Family With Their Preppie Clothes And Country Club Smiles, The McCalls Look Like All The Other East End Louisville Families No One Knows There Are Problems, That An Internal Gash The Size Of The Ohio River Is Flooding The Family All Cathy And Her Siblings Can Do Is Promise To Stick Together No Matter What And Swim But Even Though They Are Fast, The McCall Kids Can T Outdistance Their Father S Destructive Habits And Their Mother S Worry As Her Family Reaches A Breaking Point And An Unexpected Love Blooms, Thirteen Year Old Cathy Finds She Must Keep Secrets Of Her Own Though The Love In This Family Is Strong, Cathy Must Discover If It S Tenacious Enough To Withstand The Truth Candid, Captivating, And Infused With Compassion, Lifeguarding Affirms The Flexible Strength Of Love Itself How Family Bonds Must Often Bend To The Point Of Breaking And Beyond From The Hardcover Edition lots of memories from my younger days in Louisville and a coming of age tale that I am certain was difficult to write. Catherine McCall was an MFA er at UNCW and certain aspects of her style remind me of the things I was taught in that program for example, the found material she uses on her chapter openings excerpts from a life guarding manual They worked well with the book and its material and were not too distracting What was distracting about this book were the constant hints and reminders within the narrative that the author protagonist had a secret If you pay any attention whatsoever to the text, you ll figure out what that secret is fairly quickly Aside from that, McCall s memoir is delightful wonderful to read in the summer, but good any time Her descriptions are gorgeous and her characters are well formed they never feel like cardboard cut outs or stereotypes Despite the fact that certain kinds of memoirs are becoming overdone, Lifeguarding feels fresh Read it this summer and enjoy btw, it s not out in paperback yet that s a bummer. This is a beautifully written book I had a hard time putting it down It is an incredibly touching story of a close family and a child who grows up realizing that she is gay Perhaps because the author and I are the same skin color and around the same age and I am also gay , I could relate to this book well But what made it enjoyable and moving is how beautiful the author writes I highly recommend it. I had to read this one The author is from Louisville and she swam at Lakeside Local references made it fun My only complaint is that economic circumstances probably weren t as bleak as she make them out to be It does show how alcohol can scar a family. A memoir that isn t as self absorbed as most The author seems to write honestly and sincerely without casting others as bad guys and herself as a hero It s a story of a girl who is sensitive and perceptive and a little different, not just trying to be. I m glad I didn t read any reviews or summaries before starting this book I would recommend it to anyone who likes memoirs, especially those about bildungsroman I preferred to have the secret revealed to me by the author. This was a good book but it wasn t what I expected I thought it was a book about sexual abuse but instead it was about a family dealing with an alcoholic and the author s coming out story It was an engrossing read. a great memoir for anyone who is thinking of coming out, or has come out, or for a family member of an LGBT person truthful and honest.
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- 256 pages
- Lifeguarding: A Memoir of Secrets, Swimming, and the South
- Catherine McCall
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