We are thrilled to be part of BookSparks “Magic of Memoir” blog tour. We will be reading and reviewing five very different memoirs over the next two months.
Our first book is called Boot Language by Vanya Erickson.
When I read the back cover and found out that Vanya was raised with a mother who was a Christian Scientist, I knew this would be interesting. By a strange coincidence, my very good friend was also raised as a Christian Scientist and I have had quite a few conversations with her about growing up in her faith, what they believe in, etc.
About the Book:
Set in postwar California, this is the story of a girl who tried to make sense of her parents’ unpredictable actions―from being left to lie in her own blood-soaked diaper while her Christian Scientist mother prayed, refusing to get medical help to watching her father writhe on his bed in the detox ward, his hands and feet tethered with leather straps―by immersing herself in the beauty and solitude of the wilderness around her. It was only decades later, when memories began to haunt her, that Vanya was able to look back with unflinching honesty and tender compassion for her family and herself. In this elegant, haunting narrative, Erickson invites us to witness it all―from the gripping, often disturbing, truths of her childhood to her ultimate survival.
About the Author