Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret
Beth Luxenberg was an only child; or so her son Steve believed until his mother, now fragile and almost an octogenarian, told a doctor that she had a disabled sister. Steve was puzzled: If his mother had a sibling, why had her existence been resolutely concealed for decades? His curiosity piqued,... show more
Beth Luxenberg was an only child; or so her son Steve believed until his mother, now fragile and almost an octogenarian, told a doctor that she had a disabled sister. Steve was puzzled: If his mother had a sibling, why had her existence been resolutely concealed for decades? His curiosity piqued, Luxenberg activated his journalistic skills to begin a probe into his family's lines. Following the trail took his investigation to Depression-era Detroit and tsarist Russia, Holocaust-plagued Ukraine and the Philippine war zone. Fascinating human interest; a real-life whodunit.
Publish date: May 11th 2010
Pages no: 412
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
When I finished Annie's Ghosts, Steven Luxenberg's memoir/investigative piece about his mother's secret sister, I had tears in my eyes. After his mother's death, Luxenberg discovers that his mother, who had always said she was an only child, had a secret, disabled and mentally ill sister who lived f...
Just a preliminary note - I won this through a first reads giveaway. I don't think that this in any way influenced my opinion of the book.After his mother’s death, the author discovers that she had a sister, who was institutionalized in her early 20’s – a closely guarded secret. His mother had alwa...
"How would you react if you found out that you had relative that had been kept secret for decades? This is the unfathomable position in which Mr. Luxenberg finds himself shortly before his mother's death. His journey begins with his wrestling with the decision of what to do with the information - wh...