Wild Game: My Mother, Her Secret, and Me

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 15, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
“Exquisite and harrowing.” New York Times Book Review

“This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.” —People

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A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.


On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. 
 
Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms.  

Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
 

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Wow! Almost an unbelievable story. Author was 14 years old when she began to be the "beard" to abet an affair between her mother and her step-father's best friend which went on for years, ultimately ... Read full review

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A schadenfreude soap opera that reminds me of watching Dallas when I was a kid or Tiger King on Netflix last night. Brodeur's mother marries a rich and sickly bookworm and some years down the road has ... Read full review

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Contents

Part II
117
Part III
183
Back Matter
233
Back Flap
239
Back Cover
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Spine
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About the author (2019)

ADRIENNE BRODEUR began her career in publishing as the cofounder, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the National Magazine Award–winning Zoetrope: All-Story. She has worked as a book editor and is currently the executive director of Aspen Words.

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