Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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Born into one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell grew up at the whim of two literary heavyweights—her mother, writer Lady Caroline Blackwood, and stepfather, poet Robert Lowell.

Now, with an incisive eye and a wicked sense of humor, she shares the stories we've always wanted to hear. She tells of following the famous authors from one crumbling, drafty country house to another, and of summers spent with madcap relatives such as her maternal grandmother, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, and her “old friend,” the Queen Mother. But Ivana also has darker stories to tell: about her childhood accident, about her own stints in rehab, and, finally, about discovering the secret Lady Caroline had successfully kept from Ivana her entire life.

  

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Review: Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir

User Review  - Frances - Goodreads

The world of the have-a-lots is intrinsically appealing to outsiders and insiders. Glamour and power bounce from the gilded facades of the rich, famous and infamous, and we might just catch a ray; a ... Read full review

Review: Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir

User Review  - Cynthia Rennolds - Goodreads

I loved this book. Ivana Lowell and her parents Caroline Blackwood and Robert Lowell. Dysfunction at its best. Truly interesting characters trying to find their way in the world. Reading this book ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
ix
Section 2
4
Section 3
12
Section 4
14
Section 5
20
Section 6
32
Section 7
46
Section 8
92
Section 15
116
Section 16
127
Section 17
131
Section 18
149
Section 19
157
Section 20
177
Section 21
191
Section 22
211

Section 9
94
Section 10
105
Section 11
111
Section 12
116
Section 13
116
Section 14
116
Section 23
227
Section 24
235
Section 25
277
Section 26
283
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About the author (2011)

Ivana Lowell grew up in London, Boston, and New York. She now lives in Sag Harbor with her daughter.


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