In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out for good or ill who her parents really were. - Library Journal (starred review)Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love. But when she cleaned out her childhood home in the wake of her mother's death, she discovered artifacts of a life and a love affair that she didn't recognize--letters, photos of exotic locales, and startling documents that revealed hidden pasts and forced her to rethink everything she thought she knew about her life and her family. Determined to learn who her parents had really been, she embarks on a journey of discovery and encounters truths she could have never imagined. Part literary thriller, part detective story, My Dead Parents is the account of one woman's relentless quest to solve the tragic and complex mysteries of her past, and in so doing, to come more fully to terms with her life today....
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My Dead Parents: A Memoir Reviews
‘My Dead Parents: A Memoir” is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent’s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they had ever actually loved each other, they seemed so mismatched and unhappily married. Anya found her parents love letters written in the 1970’s that revealed a deep love; and travel abroad to distant and exotic locations: C ...more
This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in.
After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her parents. Instead of viewing them as just her parents, she begins to view them as people, with desires, fears, and goals for the future. She had a difficult childhood, which she credits for turning her into the person sh ...more
This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir.
Overall, an excellent memoir.
Well-written, immersive, and emotional. This woman's journey overtook my last two days.
I will post a more in-depth review closer to publication date, but I will definitely be recommending this book.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if she should perceive her flawed parents as humans or not. On a human level, I understand and relate, coming from a dysfunctional family myself. But this does not make good storytelling. Yurchyshyn is clearly very tal ...more
I hate not finishing books and I love memoirs about dysfunctional families, but ultimately, this one failed to keep me interested. The first page or two seemed very promising, but by the middle of the book I felt like this was more of a cathartic exercise for the author than entertaining writing for an audience.
Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn’t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but so did she. Because I couldn’t connect or even like the author, I didn’t care about her parents stories one little bit. I felt it was poorly written and a mess of a book. I’m puzzled why it’s rated so high. Some peop ...more
My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication.
The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father’s death might have been more than a tragic accident?
I confess, I did have a few preconceived notions about this book. I thought the book would be centered mainly around Anya’s investigation into her father’s ‘accident’. However, the bulk of the boo ...more