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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me | Adrienne Brodeur
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A daughter's tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. On a hot August 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.
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nomadreader
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The writing in this book is extraordinary. And these twice-baked fingerling potatoes with pimento cheese are too. #booksandbooze #BOTM

catiewithac The book cover just doesn't do it for me though :( 2d
nomadreader @catiewithac I like the book cover. I don't love the title so far, but the writing is unbelievable. 2d
bookladyreads This book was one of my three picks for my September book of the month box. I also chose If I Could Only Tell You and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I'm psyched to read all three. 1d
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nomadreader
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If that's not the perfect quote to include at the beginning of a memoir, I don't know what is.

lele1432 Oooh can't wait to see what you think of this one! 3d
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BlameJennyJane
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So this is my new #TBR in order top to bottom. I couldn‘t decide where to start and asked my husband @toddred29 to tell me what to read once I gave him pros and cons of each (messy subject matter, scary, favorite author of all time, quirky characters). He stacked them this way and said, “There ya go. Get busy!” I need reasons! He gave them. So, it‘s settled then!

Coleen_Nieto Ooooh but The Labryinth of the Spirits is so good! 4d
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peaknit
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Under desk lunch reading. So far very curious yet dysfunctional.

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kspenmoll
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#botm #bookmail

My #botm choices were on my doorstop this afternoon.

Tanisha_A Beautiful photograph! 2w
kspenmoll @Tanisha_A Thank you! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#SomethingNew
#Selfimprovementsept

#Botm arrived!!

One Day in December is our #BotmBuddyRead for December ❤️

OriginalCyn620 I hope I get mine today too! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 they shipped really quickly this time! 2w
TheBookHippie Not here yet!!! Tomorrow I hope! Looks good! 2w
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rather_be_reading
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HOLY COW! Shipped literally one day after I picked my books! That is the fastest ever!

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lele1432
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Clearly I should have picked my books yesterday. 🙄 My #BOTM boxes won't ship until Sept. 11th!! 😩😩😩 I tried to show SOME restraint and didn't add The Chestnut Man or The Goldfinch. I may add those two next month. The Chestnut Man sounds like the perfect October #screamathon read! #bookhaul

TheBookStacker My box already shipped somehow! Very excited for Wild Game! (edited) 3w
lele1432 @TheBookStacker omg seriously?! Well I'm excited for you! But mad at myself for not making time to pick yesterday lol. I think a lot of members chose early and they probably got all those orders out the door before the holiday weekend. I should have known better! 🤦🏽‍♀️ 3w
lele1432 @TheBookStacker and yes I've been looking for a mother/daughter complicated relationship read, so I think Wild Game will be perfect! 3w
TheBookStacker Honestly I didn‘t even register it was a holiday weekend so now that makes so much more sense to me! Lol 3w
Tamra I loved the Atwood! 3w
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rather_be_reading
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This is my September Book of the Month pick! I almost skipped, but after reading reviews on Goodreads I think this one will be great. I do love a good memoir. #botm #septemberbotm

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TheBookStacker
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So I got sucked in, I went in fully prepared to only choose one book since I don‘t have as much time to read and then I chose 3 books 🤦🏽‍♀️ #botm

lele1432 I think I will be getting these exact 3 books lol 3w
TheBookStacker @lele1432 I almost only got the first 2 but then I read the description for the other and I just couldn‘t say no, I love books about nature. 3w
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thebluestocking
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This is my September #botm pick. And, I‘m finally a BFF (even though, by my count, I should have been one long ago)!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
Erinreadsthebooks That was my pick, too, and the bag is the bomb! 🙌 3w
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nomadreader That was my pick too! And congrats on BFF status. I got it when I rejoined, but didn't get the new bag. 3w
thebluestocking @Erinreadsthebooks I‘m very much looking forward to both the book and the bag. 💙😁 3w
thebluestocking @nomadreader I‘m excited for the book! That‘s a bummer you didn‘t get a bag. I‘ll bet they‘d send you one if you let them know. 💙 3w
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8little_paws

#botm is live! I'm getting Wild Game and adding on The Goldfinch so I can have a nice paper copy of one of my favorite books.

What are you getting?

I do miss the nonfiction botm :(.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wild Game and One Day in December ❤️ 3w
Megabooks As much as I‘d love to support more NF on BOTM, I think Wild Game would be triggering for me so I went with If Only I Could Tell You plus World War Z and The Gifted School. 3w
8little_paws @megabooks oh shit they had World War Z as an add on? I totally didn't notice. I bet my husband would like that. I will ask him if he'd like me to add it on next time. 3w
Megabooks Yeah, it‘s in the modern classics! 3w
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Rhondareads
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An intriguing memoir a young girl her mother and her mother lover rave reviews a perfect weekend read for me @hmhbooks thanks for the arc this was high on my wish list,