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Chanel Bonfire - Wendy Lawless
Chanel Bonfire
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WITH CLEAR-EYED GRACE, REFRESHING HONESTY, AND FLASHING WIT, WENDY LAWLESS TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF HER UNHINGED UPBRINGING— A DISJOINTED FAIRY TALE OF A CHILDHOOD IN CHAOS By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d known for quite some time that she didn’t have a normal mother. But that... show more
WITH CLEAR-EYED GRACE, REFRESHING HONESTY, AND FLASHING WIT, WENDY LAWLESS TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF HER UNHINGED UPBRINGING— A DISJOINTED FAIRY TALE OF A CHILDHOOD IN CHAOS By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d known for quite some time that she didn’t have a normal mother. But that didn’t stop her from wanting one. . . . GEORGANN REA didn’t bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She went through men like Kleenex, and didn’t like dogs or children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match. In “a searing memoir that reads like a novel” (Anne Korkeakivi, An Unexpected Guest), Wendy Lawless deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world. Chanel Bonfire depicts a childhood blazed through the refined aeries of the Dakota and the swinging town houses of London, while the girls’ beautiful but damned mother desperately searches for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, Wendy and her sister must choose between living their own lives and being their mother’s warden—the hardest, most painful, yet most important decision each of them will ever make.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451675368 (1451675364)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Twitchy Witchy Girl
Twitchy Witchy Girl rated it
5.0
Chanel Bonfire was an amazing read. I’ve always been infatuated with reading true stories about people growing up with a narcissistic parent(s) so I knew I needed to read this memoir. I devoured this book in a matter of hours—I couldn’t put it down. I loved how in their own right both Wendy and Robi...
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it
4.0 Chanel Bonfire
I can easily see "Chanel Bonfire" being made into a book. It's honest, emotional, dark, with a few moments of humour sprinkles here and there. And it's beautiful.Wendy Lawless captures her own disjointed and emotional childhood by focusing on her mother's impact on herself and her sister Robin. It's...
Lagniappe Literature
Lagniappe Literature rated it
4.0 Chanel Bonfire
Great read! Honest and painful memoir, with a few laughs sprinkled in for good measure. Wendy Lawless and her sister, Robin, grew up with an unstable Grace Kelly-ish mother who drank and drank and then, unfortunately for all involved, drank some more. Their beautiful and conniving mother also collec...
Parnassus Reads
Parnassus Reads rated it
2.0 Chanel Bonfire
In a sentence, this book is shallow and vapid and the prose is insipid and full of glib cliches (at one point, she compares working as a stage hand changing sets to clocking in on a slave ship and rowing for twelve hours. Really?). If you're a fan of Gossip Girl (books or show), then this is the adu...
Tweezle Reads
Tweezle Reads rated it
4.0 Chanel Bonfire
Although a biography, this amazing story has the readability of a novel. It flows well and the story told is totally captivating. Told from Wendy's (Georganne's daughter) point of view, one can only gasp at the horrors being told, and told from a seemingly detached point of view that some would faul...
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