Smoke Damage

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Smoke Damage is a work of narrative nonfiction whose heroine, a young mother raising children in a post-9/11 world, recounts growing up in circumstances where all that was stable and familiar change drastically, but in ways closer to home. When one parent retreats into chronic illness and alcoholism, the other takes on a secret lifestyle, leaving the narrator to cope with issues beyond her age More

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Review by: Andrea Downing on July 21, 2017 :
With grace and wit, Patti Sherry-Crews tells the story of her upbringing caught between the two sides of her diverse family and counterpointed with her contemporary life as a mother and wife in Evanston. As the two stories collide and interweave with each other, the large cast of characters come to life and secrets unfold. An enjoyable and engaging read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Anne Honzel on March 3, 2013 :
Smoke Damage resonates with insight, warmth and wit. What I love most about Patti's book are the vivid stories of her childhood. Her tales are at times hilarious, and other times heartbreaking. She interweaves her childhood memories, with her own experiences as a parent, showcasing how differently her children are being raised from a recent generation that yet seems so past. It's a wonderful read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Michael Horvich on Nov. 25, 2012 :
A worthwhile reading. Patty's writing holds your interest and lives where memoir meets story telling, where real life meets fiction. I loved it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
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