After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir by Christina McDowell

By Christina McDowell

Within the culture of latest York occasions bestsellers What continues to be by way of Carole Radziwill and Oh the honour of all of it via Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally sincere, cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall highway implosion.
Christina McDowell used to be born Christina Prousalis. She needed to swap her identify to be legally extricated from the path of chaos her father, Tom Prousalis, left within the wake of his arrest and next imprisonment as one of many in charge gamers sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”). Christina worshipped her father and the possible ideal existence they lived…a lifestyles she unearths out was once equipped on lies. Christina’s relations, as is sometimes the case, had no thought what used to be happening. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to prison whereas her mom dissolved in denial.

Since then, Christina’s lifestyles has been decimated. As her relations floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medications, and promiscuity sooner than discovering catharsis within the very unlikely of locations. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list golf equipment and seedy underbelly of l. a., this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the cruel realities of a fall from grace. jam-packed with nineties nostalgia and entry to the interior circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowell’s appealing memoir is a Blue Jasmine tale from a daughter’s standpoint.

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After Dad slid from chimney down the slanted slate roof, gathering speed until launch at gutter, out into the yard. Because God has such a terrific sense of humor, this was usually the day of the worst snow and ice storm of the year, too. I cannot begin to tell you how much I looked forward to this happy day each year. Ho, ho, ho and ho. CHILDHOOD MEMOhIES 41 Rich Dad, Poor Dad, One Dad W ith a quick apology to Robert Kiosaki, for swiping his 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' title, I had both in one Dad. It is an experience of immense value: 'rich' as a kid but then 'poor' as a teen.

If the annual average is only 5,000, that'd total 250,000 people in my lifetime. Popular accidents include falling off backs of couches while trying to balance on them to put the star or angel on top of the tree, slicing arteries with broken ornaments and falling off roofs. Ho, ho, ho. Our grand tradition was, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to decorate the giant English Tudor house, bushes across the front of the house, and trees in the front yard. There was a huge lit star that got strapped to the chimney.

But even by Richfield standards, we were way, way, way down the economic totem pole. My clothes, our cars and Dad's second jobs were all humiliating. At one of the worst times, with no car running, Dad walked and hitch-hiked to his 11 to 7 shift at a gas station some 15 miles from our house, and it didn't take long for every kid in the neighborhood to know about it. Then there was Charlie Molino's winter coat. I looked in my closet the other day, and I have five different winter coats. A big, super-warm parka good in sub zero temperatures.

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