My Dead Parents: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn

My Dead Parents: A Memoir

“In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out – for good or ill – who her parents really were.” - Library Journal (starred review)Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents’ adventurous int...

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  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.'It’s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countries. The stories ou...
  • Kathleen
    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32, she begins t...
  • Valerity (Val)
    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before they were marrie...
  • Christina
    Overall, an excellent memoir. Well-written, immersive, and emotional. This woman's journey overtook my last two days. I will post a more in-depth review closer to publication date, but I will definitely be recommending this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. ...
  • Nancy
    3.5Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss.The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents were brilliant, yet her f...
  • Julie
    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father’s death might have been more than a tragic a...
  • Kelli
    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn’t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn’t want to pick it up at all. My heart hurts for ...
  • Michelle
    ‘My Dead Parents: A Memoir” is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent’s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they had eve...
  • Holly
    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than profound or reve...

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