Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

November 14, 2019 - Comment

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 14, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years

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 14, 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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Comments

Anonymous says:

A bravura performance! If ever there was a memoir that reads like a good novel, this is it, Adrienne Brodeur’s “Wild Game” is a nonstop read, I couldn’t put it down, and when I did, I picked it up again and read it for a second time. The story of how Ms. Brodeur’s mother co-opted her as a teenager into becoming a conspirator and confidant in her mother’s love affair with her step-father’s best friend—how that changed Ms. Brodeur’s life, how she eventually overcame guilt and resentment, and how it changed the family…

Anonymous says:

Beautiful and Haunting Wild Game is more than a compelling tale of a mother without boundaries, more even than a story of a daughter’s desperate attempt to gain emotional escape velocity, it is a book about the strangeness of love and the unexpected places it can carry us. It’s a wild ride of a read, beautiful and haunting.

Anonymous says:

Perfect for Book Clubs This moving, soul-baring memoir keeps you turning the pages until the very end. The twists and turns in the mother-daughter relationship make for incredibly gripping reading; you are rooting for the author and wanting her to come out intact through this tangled journey. Featuring absolutely gorgeous prose, this riveting story is the kind of book you’ll want to share with all of your close friends — and it is a great choice for book clubs.

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