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Friday, December 2, 2011

Slow Motion

Slow Motion: A Memoir of How A Life Gone Terribly Wrong Can Be Rescued Through Tragedy by Dani Shapiro is a story of personal triumph over family tragedy.  It's a heartbreaking story of Dani, a lost early-twenties kinda-sorta-actress on a path of self-destruction, who receives a call telling her that her parents have been in a car accident.  Unsure of how bad things really are, she flies cross-country to arrive at her parents bedside only to discover that things are very bad.  Dani has to face down her personal demons (an affair with a powerful older married man, drugs and alcohol, a strained relationship with her parents) in order to give her parents what they need.

This book was a great holiday read, as it took me through the airport, airplane ride, and some family down time all over Thanksgiving weekend.  Shapiro's storytelling is honest and raw, and as an outsider I wanted her to sober up, get rid of the jerk she was sleeping with, and be the best daughter she could be.  I was rooting for her, and I was rooting for her story.

It's emotion runs deep without being melodramatic, and Shapiro rarely feels self-pity.  Instead she tells it just how it happened in her memory.  She makes no excuses for her affair and doesn't apologize for her life leading up to the crash--she feels remorse but leaves it as it is.  I appreciate this in someone's writing, and I think you will too, dear readers.

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