Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Long Journey Home

by Margaret Robison

Margaret’s childhood in the 1950s was a different world than the world today. However, even then it was a facade. It was not the life that it appeared to be, setting the stage for many of Margaret’s later struggles. The difficult societal changes following the 1950s were challenging enough. Add to that Margaret’s turmoil in dealing with issues of alcoholism and mental illness, not only as a woman, but as a wife and mother.

Margaret is open about her battles and her feelings. Her memoir is difficult to read in its honesty and its poignancy. Yet it is beautifully told and ultimately inspirational.

Indeed it was a long journey for Margaret, but I believe she is finally "Home".                                    
Everyone has a story. Margaret Robison’s story took many years to tell. Her sons (Augusten Burroughs and John Elder Robison) told only bits and pieces of her story in telling their own stories. Margaret used poetry to share glimpses of her thoughts and feelings, but poetry is just that: glimpses. Here in her memoir, Margaret Robison is able to tell her own very emotional story. 


  1. Some of the books set in this period and even a bit earlier show such a different way of life. I sometimes cannot imagine that in just fifty or so years life has changed so much (particularly for women).

  2. I agree. Thank you for your comment. I like hearing from you!

  3. Thank you so much for introducing me to this book, it sounds fascinating and heartbreaking and rich. I'm adding it to my list right away!

  4. It is all of those and more.*sigh*

  5. This sounds like an interesting memoir.