Discussing Chapter 1 "A Woman on the Street" and beginning of Chapter 2, "The Desert"
I had to remind myself that this book is based on true story, that's how shocking the first chapter was to me, or at least it was the most unusual beginning for any memoir.
Seeing your own mother digging thru garbage, how many of us had an experience like that? Very few. And how quick I was to judge before even reading the book: "She is living in luxury and her mother is on the street! I would never let that happen!". Now I know better. The author says she did everything she could to help her mother, but her mother did not want help.
I wonder if I was in the same situation, would I be embarrased of my mother too?
Beginning of Chapter 2, starts of from the very earliest author's memory. It was fascinating for me to read because my son is now 3 and now is the age when he will start remembering all the significant and little things.
I cannot imagine my son being anywhere near the stove, cooking hot dogs, that's for sure. What a dramatic memory, being set on fire and going to the hospital with all those burns. I knew that the book will bring some sad stories, when Jeannette said that she loved being in the hospital, in warm bed, watching TV and wanted to stay there forever. How she loved all the meals and nice nurses.