Review of All the Pretty Things: A Beautiful, Touching Memoir About a Girl and Her Daddy

I occasionally love memoirs. I don’t like them all. But some are so well written that they read as a great narrative. All the Pretty Things is one of these.

Review of All the Pretty Things, a beautiful touching memoir

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About the Book:

From the book’s description… I don’t know how old I was the night the trailer burned down, or if the rumor was true that Daddy was the one who set it on fire.”

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world full of alcohol and violence, where getting out seemed impossible. She taught herself to drive a stick shift truck at twelve years old so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. She spent Saturdays at Brushy Mountain prison visiting her incarcerated cousin. She watched adults eat while her stomach gnawed and then there was torching of the family trailer, where she dug through the ashes to try to salvage her most prized possession–her Tammy Wynette album.

And at the center of it all was her charismatic daddy. She never knew when he would show up but when he did he was usually drunk; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her. So she told herself it didn’t matter. All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. Only, it was too late, because her Daddy died a year before she graduated medical school. She split the cost of his funeral with her sister.

When her past finally caught up with her, it was all too much so she did what her Daddy would have done–she set it all on fire.

It would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.

My Thoughts:

Edie’s story is at times humorous and at times heart breaking. But it’s also full of hope and inspiration. 
Edie is a great writer, and the book flows like a narrative as she relates stories of her life and her conflicted relationship with her father. Her life was a difficult one, but her story ultimately leads to her hope in Jesus Christ.
This is a beautiful book and one I can definitely recommend. I give this one four stars and a PG for content. You can find the book on Amazon here. You can read a Kindle excerpt below.

Review of All the Pretty Things, a beautiful touching memoir

Review of All the Pretty Things, a beautiful touching memoir

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