PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, Reading My Father
is the story of a daughter coming to know her father at last. “A natural writer, fluid, and engaging” (The Boston Globe
), Alexandra Styron grew up in Connecticut and on Martha’s Vineyard, where her family’s vibrant social life included writers, presidents, and entertainers. She was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. William Styron, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist, was a fascinating and difficult man whose own memoir, Darkness Visible
, searingly chronicled his midlife battle with major depression. “By turns brilliant and shocking” (The New York Times Book Review
), Reading My Father
is a tale of a daughter’s love and her own coming-of-age, beautifully written, with humor, understanding, and grace.
“Ardent, sophisticated and entirely winning… Her touch throughout this memoir is quite fine and very sure. As tough as she is on her father, she sees clearly the better man he could sometimes be…. This is a grown-up memoir, taut and true.”—Dwight Garner, New York Times