After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir by Christina McDowell

By Christina McDowell

Within the culture of latest York instances bestsellers What is still through Carole Radziwill and Oh the honor of all of it by means of Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally sincere, cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall highway implosion.
Christina McDowell was once born Christina Prousalis. She needed to switch her identify to be legally extricated from the path of chaos her father, Tom Prousalis, left within the wake of his arrest and next imprisonment as one of many in charge avid gamers sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”). Christina worshipped her father and the likely excellent lifestyles they lived…a existence she unearths out was once equipped on lies. Christina’s kinfolk, as is usually the case, had no proposal what used to be happening. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to penal complex whereas her mom dissolved in denial.

Since then, Christina’s lifestyles has been decimated. As her family members floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medicinal drugs, and promiscuity sooner than discovering catharsis within the very unlikely of areas. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list golf equipment and seedy underbelly of l. a., this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the cruel realities of a fall from grace. filled with nineties nostalgia and entry to the interior circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowell’s attractive memoir is a Blue Jasmine tale from a daughter’s point of view.

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I had always assumed that she would be relieved to return to her family and to a land where she spoke the language and didn’t need me to act as her interpreter. But I realized later that even though my mother could not understand anything the crossing guard, Mrs. Popkin, said, she understood that this woman looked out for me. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 36 36 FIROOZEH DUMAS understood her smiles. Even though my mother never attended a Brownie meeting, she knew that the leader, Carrie’s mom, opened up her home to us every week and led us through all kinds of projects.

Giggles and laughter filled the bus. After a few hours on the road, the boy behind me tapped me on the shoulder. ” he said. ” I answered. ” I asked. ” Upon hearing this, all the kids around me burst out laughing. Hours later, we arrived at camp. Pine Lodge was a converted two-story house. All the boys stayed downstairs and all the girls stayed on the second floor. In the girls’ room stood rows of bunk beds. There was one bathroom on the floor for all the girls to share. Oddly, the door to the bathroom had been removed, so any girl who needed to use the toilet or the sink could walk in on someone taking a shower.

We always drove for one hour before stopping for breakfast at Denny’s. My father’s devotion to Denny’s restaurants approached religious fervor. To him, Denny’s was a clean oasis where the waitresses were always friendly. We didn’t really like the food, but that seemed a small price to pay for a clean bathroom in the middle of the desert. After breakfast, we’d get back in the car, turn on the air conditioner, and keep driving. We didn’t stop until the next Denny’s, where we’d have a snack and my father would say how amazing it was that all Denny’s could be so clean, no matter where they were.

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