Unraveling Anne

Unraveling Anne After all this is my mother we re talking about As her daughter I belonged to her as my mother she also belongs to me I don t have her any but I still have her story In s Los Angeles Anne For

  • Title: Unraveling Anne
  • Author: Laurel Saville
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • After all, this is my mother we re talking about As her daughter, I belonged to her as my mother, she also belongs to me I don t have her any, but I still have her story In 1950s Los Angeles, Anne Ford was the epitome of the California golden girl, a former beauty queen and model turned fashion designer whose success and charm were legendary So how is it possibl After all, this is my mother we re talking about As her daughter, I belonged to her as my mother, she also belongs to me I don t have her any, but I still have her story In 1950s Los Angeles, Anne Ford was the epitome of the California golden girl, a former beauty queen and model turned fashion designer whose success and charm were legendary So how is it possible that such a woman could die in squalor, an alcoholic street person brutally murdered in a burnt out West Hollywood building In searching for answers to the heartbreaking trajectory of her mother s life, writer Laurel Saville plumbed the depths of Anne s troubled past and her own eccentric childhood to untangle the truth of an exceptional, yet tragic, existence What she discovered was a woman who was beautiful, well educated, and talented yet tormented by internal demons and no match for the hedonistic culture of Southern California in the 1960s and 70s With unflinching honesty and stirring compassion, Saville struggles to reconcile the two faces her mother presented the world the glamour girl about town the public saw and the unpredictable, bitter alcoholic her children knew Most importantly, Saville explores how what we bring forward from previous generations can shape our own lives, and how compassion and love for a difficult parent can be a person s bridge to a better life.

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    1. If you were a child of alcoholic parents, you really need to read this book. If you are the grown child of a mentally unstable parent, you really need to read this book. If you like to look inside others rough experiences and thank God that you never had to live through such eventsp, you guessed it, you will love this book. Laurel Saville does an excellent job taking the reader to haunted corners of living with an unstable parent, sparing the reader nothing. She gives you the raw, gritty truth. [...]

    2. Laurel’s memoir reminds me again that non fiction can sometimes be way more intriguing than fiction. In Unraveling Anne she revisits her childhood to understand her mother, Anne Ford, a Southern California beauty who was an artist and fashion designer in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Anne’s spiral down into alcoholism and mental illness ends when she is homeless and brutally murdered in a burnt-out run down home she once owned. Laurel recreates her childhood memories about the chaos and emotion [...]

    3. I really,really enjoyed this memoir. I have the pleasure of knowing the author personally and have worked professionally with her for the past couple of years. She is strong, eloquent, smart and fabulously interesting. This glimpse into her life - to see how she was raised, what she overcame, the questions, the heartbreak and the healing - was captivating. I'm amazed at the worldliness that she had when she was so young to be able to see that her mother's behaviors and actions weren't "normal". [...]

    4. Most everyone thinks the relationship between Edina Monsoon and her daughter, Saffy, is quite funny. Of course that's television, "Absolutely Fabulous", to be exact. But imagine if you really were Saffy, and your mother was constantly drunk, raising you in spite of ignoring you, and constantly inviting strange people into your home. A life filled with stability and rules might actually seem attractive, and not as perverse and rigid as Edina makes Saffy feel. This, in essence, is the life that La [...]

    5. My last review of 2011 is not one of my best books of the year. This is a very sad book about a tragic woman and her daughter who has tried valiantly to come to terms with the consequences of being Anne Ford's daughter. In the 1950s Anne Ford was beautiful, a talented fashion designer, and an artist living the Hollywood life. She gave birth to three children by two men and proceeded to neglect them for the rest of her life.Actually Laurel Saville, the daughter, would have been better off if her [...]

    6. Saville writes a very moving memoir, of a childhood spent with her free-spirit talented alcoholic mother in California during the 1960s and 1970s. She and her brother have learned to fend for themselves, as the mother opens the house to all manner of artists, musicians, and hippies. Their father is an absent figure, who also doesn't want to bear the responsibility of raising his own children. The mother slips farther down into alcoholism and mental illness, alternately living in her old abandone [...]

    7. Books about surviving crazy mothers are pretty common in the memoir world - crazy fathers are out there in plenty, too. I've read many of these and put many of them down because they were just so very bleak. I half-expected to be unable to get through Unraveling Anne - imagine my surprise when I read through to the end and was glad of it.For many the sixties has a rosy, fuzzy glow over it - all love-ins and beads and flowers in the hair and dancing the patchouli hippy dance in the park. No one w [...]

    8. I'll try this again - my comnputer decided I didn't want to write a review.I remembered Anne Ford - or at least her name.In life, stuff happens. And it happened to Anne Ford and to her children, by being part of her circle. Now, part of it is the fact that she was essentially an alcoholic, with problems on the side. It may be that we also have an unreliable narrator. I had some concern that she was only looking on the dark side - there had to be some good times. My mother, too, was the daughter [...]

    9. I enjoyed this book. Parts of it were so similar to my childhood it was as if the author was telling my story. I did not think I would like this book but it really drew me in. I connected with it.*received from giveaway*

    10. Laurel Saville's book is the antithesis of memoirs like Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir. Instead of demonizing her alcoholic, narcissistic mother, she instead tries very hard to understand her and her choices. Instead of trying to hold her mother responsible for any and all of the problems of her adult children, Ms. Saville instead takes full responsibility for her life, and any mistakes she made, even as a child. Those with a living narcissistic parent, particularly one born in Anne Ford [...]

    11. Clearly in the category of rotten childhood stories, where the parents were crazy, mean, or wildly interesting but not so interested in their child. Or all three. A sad account and a very thorough portrayal of the full personality of her mother. It is amazing that the author could pull away and tell it, and have a stable, happy life as an adult. That's worth the read.

    12. I won a copy of this book during a giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.

    13. Today seems to be the era of the memoir and while I adore reading, I do not also adore memoirs. However, I am always willing to be proven wrong and recentlyI have been proven wrong many many times! I was on a memoir high when I decided to take a stab at this one. The synopsis that the published released sounded very appealing to me because it sounded a great deal like mine and my mother’s life with some of our relatives. I found a great deal of closure in this memoir for myself and even lent t [...]

    14. The relationship between a mother and a daughter can be conflicted and tenuous at best. Sometimes the ties that bind are slippery slopes that, upon closer scrutiny, reveal how much the mother's disappointments are reflected back to her when she gazes at her daughter.When the author of "Unraveling Anne" begins her story, she jolts the reader with the fact of her mother's tragic end immediately. She describes how others react to the word. She says:"My mother was murdered."It's a shocking word, mur [...]

    15. This memoir sends the story of Anne Ford's life through the prism of her daughter's eyes, but the resulting vision is a littl out of focus.On one hand, I found this a fairly typical memoir of the "harrowing childhood" genre (i.e see "The Glass Castle" and "Running With Scissors"). Anne Ford's talents were fostered by her seemingly loving, albeit ambitous, parents. She was beautiful, energetic, and had a promissing future as a model, clothing designer and artist. Anne also had the advantage of be [...]

    16. Laurel Saville's memoir of life with a once-famous and now drunk and abuse mother is both fascinating and hard to read. Her mother, Anne Ford, was a rising force in fashion design in the fifties until, according the majority of the book, she became disillusioned (or possibly downright lazy), and lives out the rest of her life on dead dreams and inheritances stolen from her children. It's a sad picture of a broken woman, written by a critical daughter who was apparently perfect in every way by th [...]

    17. Rather irratic chronology.I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it had been written more chronologically. The first half, in particular, is a bit jumbled, but events did start to fall into place by the end, giving a more rounded view of Anne Ford's life.However, the book is not just about Anne, it is also about her daughter, Laurel, the author, and others whose lives were directly affected by Anne's day to day behaviour. Laurel and her brother brought themselves up, learning to cook and [...]

    18. I was sucked into this intriguing book right from the beginning but then I started to wonder if it was going to be one big pity party. Laurels life was hard, and watching her mother unravel into a drunken homeless person couldn't have been easy. It seems Laurel wore her screwed up mother around her neck like a weight and writing this book was to help her remove the weight and make peace with her past.Laurel's mother was a neglectful alcoholic genius who never could finish what she started. After [...]

    19. If you were a child of alcoholic parents, you really need to read this book. If you are the grown child of a mentally unstable parent, you really need to read this book. If you like to look inside others rough experiences and thank God that you never had to live through such eventsp, you guessed it, you will love this book. Laurel Saville does an excellent job taking the reader to haunted corners of living with an unstable parent, sparing the reader nothing. She gives you the raw, gritty truth. [...]

    20. I would like to thank , Brilliance Publishing, Inc. and Encore, because I won a free copy of this book on ! In this book the author, Laurel Saville is trying to understand who her mother really was. Her mother, Anne Ford was once a gorgeous model, an actress, a painter, and a talented fashion designer. SPOILERS! Stop reading if you don't want any spoilers! But she is tragically murdered in her burned out former home. She was addicted to booze and men. What would make a mother neglect her childre [...]

    21. Parents' follies have become fodder for their children's best sellers with varying degrees of success (the best being Glass Castle). Because Laurel Saville was sent to live with more responsible relatives while she was still young, she maintained a relationship with her mother that was spotty. Not very much is revealed about Laurel herself, which would have enhanced the narrative. I found the sequence somewhat confusing -- there are three timeframes in which the story is laid out initially, and [...]

    22. I would love to give a review of the bookI have not received itI won in first read good read. Please send! Thanks to Laurel Savelle for getting me a copy of her book. As she said it is not fun to win a gift and not get it. So With her efforts I got my copy.This is one of the saddest books I have read in a long time. In fact I read it a couple of months ago and could not put my thoughts into proper order. So confused with my emotions an not sure what to say in a review. It seems to me Annie's chi [...]

    23. I was intrigued by the title of this book, and the fact that I had never heard of Anne Ford and her legendary fame back in the early 1950's. Unfortunately the title is the only intriguing thing about the book; it was self-indulgent, far too long, but obviously a cathartic experience for the author.That Ms Saville's mother ended her days as an alcoholic street person and died, violently, in squalor is no surprise, as it's written on the back cover; the mystery is how and why she became that perso [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book, maybe because the author's background bears some similarity to mine, and we both seem to feel the need to figure ourselves out. Laurel's mother was a beauty queen, a fashion designer, a member of the Hollywood in crowd of the 60's (she dated Marlon Brando), and a drunk. Laurel does not really begin to understand her mother until after her death, when learning about what made her tick becomes almost obsessive.I identified with Laurel both as a little girl who cleaned up her m [...]

    25. I found this book hard going to begin with, it felt like a child exorcising their mother and I thought it was going to be repetitive as I seemed to have a grasp on how bad life was by 30%.However, it got more and more interesting, the writer was not looking to blame or gain sympathy, it was a simple opportunity to share what was a desperate childhood.What a sad story especially how it shows generational pressure can affect outcomes - the mother comes across as self centred and demanding, then yo [...]

    26. I am only midway through, but I do wish that Laurel would give more details of her own psychology. Having survived (as so many have)crazy parents, I would like to hear about her story, instead of her mother. I finally finished it and am disappointed. There is simply nothing gained/gleaned for her or the reader. At least in other memoirs like The Glass Castle you gain something from the author on the changes she made in her life and how she came to a resolve regarding her parents. Ms. Seville cle [...]

    27. I'm always fascinated by the story of other people's lives. I'm amazed at what they have gone through and how they have responded. Laurel's life is so completely different from my " normal" upbringing that I can't imagine that I would have turned out near as well. But Laurel, thank you for sharing your life. And thank you for showing how often what we think is the real story behind the motives and actions of others, really isn't true. There's more to people than we see or ever imagine. It's a be [...]

    28. On the heels of reading Henry and Rachel, this book is a memoir by H & R's great granddaughter. Growing up in LA with a usually single, always talented, but alcoholic mother, Laurel Saville looks back on her own and her mother's life trying to figure out how it played out as it did. I enjoyed reading about the area and the times, as I was raised in the same atmosphere, as were many of my friends, but by more responsible and more sober, people. 60's and 70's LA/Hollywood life. 3 and a half st [...]

    29. An excellent chronicle of a girl's and woman's journey to find the real soul and pith of her mother. Such a great story and sense of her and her brother's disconnect from this Bohemian mother who, at one time, was a beauty queen, clothing designer, hobnobbed with such as Marlon Brando and now famous painters, but ended up living on the streets with a bottle in her hand. I really felt the emotion reading this book and highly recommend it.

    30. This book really seemed to drag for me. The story of Lolly and Anne is interesting and horrific at the same time; I cannot imagine a mother like this. But you have to wade through an immense amount of mundane details to find this story. That is until the last thirty pages or so when the story finally kind of comes to a head and starts to make sense. I listened to this audio at the same time I was reading "Running in Heels" by Mary Perez. "Unraveling Anne" pales in comparison.

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