Hold Me Close, Let Me Go : When Adair Lara's daughter, Morgan, suddenly transformed from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager, Lara, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex-husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, were catapulted into five years of chaos where Morgan's drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, and failing and cheating at school defined the norm. And while Morgan revolved in an indulgent cycle of self-destruction, Lara was dragged along an endless and trying sojourn, a trial immensely complicated by the reappearance of her aging father, a man who had abandoned his wife and seven children decades earlier. Inevitably, the suffering inflicted by Morgan's misbehavior opens a well of memories from Lara's own headstrong adolescence, and her father's return makes agonizingly real the consequences of giving up. Paradoxically, he also becomes the source of her best advice. Hold Me Close, Let Me Go is an emotionally charged, often brutally honest memoir that holds invaluable lessons about holding loved ones close through the roughest of times, and about the power of family to overcome the most grievous obstacles. Adair Lara is a clear-eyed and eloquent witness to the complex costs and rewards of motherhood, and her book redefines the idea of what being a "good enough mother" really means.
|Family & Relationships||Adolescence|
|Biography & Autobiography||Women|