The Three of Us: A Family Story
Winner of the J. R. Ackerley Award
This is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn, her father Thomas and her mother Rosalie. Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic, who for many years was addicted to barbiturates; Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious. After her parents were divorced, Julia's mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each should become her lover. When one of the lodgers started an affair with Julia, Rosalie was devastated; when he later committed suicide the relationship between mother and daughter was shattered irrevocably.
Or so it seemed until the spring of 1999, when Rosalie, diagnosed with leukaemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Opinionated - LibraryThing
A quite remarkable memoir. Julia Blackburn is too be congratulated in making the horror story of her childhood into such a lively, affectionate and even funny memoir with such a lack of self pity ... Read full review
THE THREE OF US: A Family StoryUser Review - Kirkus
British writer Blackburn (My Animals & Other Family, 2007, etc.) recalls an atypical upbringing.Commendably, she manages to find riotous humor in the erratic, often hurtful behavior she endured ... Read full review