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Examines the psychological costs that occur when families keep secrets about such things as alcoholism, incest, mental illness, homosexuality, and adoption, and the healing that can occur through facing and telling the truth
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Massachusetts journalist Webster has written an absorbing account of an experience common to many: growing up under the specter of family secrets. She interviews many families, focusing on those subjects society considers taboo (e.g., suicide, gay parents, mental illness, and incest) and which many people are reluctant to share with their children. She grapples with the vital differences between privacy and secrecy. She cohesively constructs short family histories, providing commentary to illustrate her points. Her introduction begins with a revelation that her mother was married a third time. A short chapter provides information on how readers may come to grips with their pasts. Webster sensitively depicts the very human side of life, and her book is recommended for high school and public libraries.
- Lisa Wise, Steele Memorial Lib., Elmira, N.Y.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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