“The night the trailer burned down, I think Daddy was the one who set it on fire. . . . “
For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where, at twelve years old, she taught herself to drive a truck so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Where, when the family trailer burned down, she couldn’t be caught squawlin’ over losing her things—she just had to be grateful anyone had remembered to save her at all.
And at the center of it all, there was her daddy. She never knew when he would show up; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her. But it didn’t matter: All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. But her past caught up with her—and it would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.
I am so thankful for this book and its transparency. All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadworth is not only a stunning debut novel…. it’s also her memoir.
Its easy to say that I loved this book. What isn’t easy is what this book is about. Edie’s story is not a pretty one. Alcoholic father, being raised by a single mother, crazy family, and of course complete instability.
As we travel with Edie on her journey she lets us peek into her mind and what she struggled with. The writing itself was so easy to read and yet the content just tore at ones heartstrings. There is nothing but vulnerability on these pages.
Yet for me there was also something so relate able to Edie’s story. I understood it, even sympathized through many of its pages. I understand looking for that something that is missing, even if you don’t understand just yet what truly is missing. I loved this book. So amazingly well written and raw.
Go!! Read it now if you can…. but be prepared it may not leave you the way it found you.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Tyndale provided this book in exchange for my honest review.