Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.

On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. 
 
Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms.  

Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

Title:Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781328519030
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    Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me Reviews

  • Brandice

    Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me is the story of Adrienne Brodeur’s tumultuous relationship with her mother, Malabar. The fateful night setting their relationship on its course occurs when Adr...

  • Lisa

    [2.8] This flimsy memoir about a mother/daughter relationship was a painless, but hollow reading experience. I felt some sympathy for the confusion the author experienced but was mostly detached. Take...

  • emma

    I don’t remember much about the experience of reading this book beyond the fact that I had trouble putting it down.I love memoirs. I sometimes struggle to read nonfiction because I love stories, but...

  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters

    Hollow experience...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Soooooooooooooooooooooo apparently this is a thing . . . . . Which of course I didn’t know about but somehow was well-prepared for anyw...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Adrienne is fourteen years old and asleep one summer night when her mother wakes her to say that she has been kissed by Ben Souther.After that moment, Adrienne becomes her mother’s closest friend, a...

  • Book of the Month

    Why I love itby Jessica TurnerI’m not a big nonfiction reader, but I devoured Wild Game (pun intended). As a mother of three kids, I’m acutely aware of the role I have in their life and appreciate...

  • Linda

    As we walk through life, we sometimes fail to give a voice to the sharp-thorned bramble that attaches itself and clings to our very being. In Wild Game, Adrienne Brodeur reflects upon the very disjoin...

  • Tina

    Oh wow- you know that feeling where you finish a book and need to take a few days to process? That was WILD GAME. This memoir takes place on Cape Cod and begins when the author, then age 14, is woken ...

  • Gretchen Rubin

    I LOVED this memoir, couldn't put it down! Elizabeth and I loved it so much that we chose it for the next Happier Podcast Book Club. Read along, join in, we're talking to Adrienne Brodeur in the new y...