Book Review – Cherry

Cherry by Mary Karr

This is the continuation of the childhood memoir, Liar’s Club, that heads into her adolescent years. As ususal, I had a difficult time summing up such a vibrant story in a few short lines, but came to the conclusion that there are three pillars upon which this period of her life is built: the unconditional love of her father, discovering a “best friend/soul mate”, and her first romantic relationship with a boy. Again, there are some explosively funny episodes described, and their effects upon the neighbors, that are permanently etched in my brain. There are also some wonderfully touching descriptions of her first awareness of her effect upon a boy friend, and in general just the change from child to young woman, written with a beautiful clearness. Of course there is the continued craziness of her family, and herself, which makes it all the more entertaining. I was thinking this would be about her teen years, but it really covers the years leading into her teens. Nevertheless, still recommended, and I am going to check out her poetry after this!

Carolyn Boulay

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