Author: Elizabeth Garrison
Publisher: Blueprint Press
Publish Date: February 6, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrison’s fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal a dark, hidden world of child abuse, domestic violence, and chilling family secrets all performed in the name of God under the tyrannical rule of her father. Like countless teenage girls, Elizabeth turns to drugs and alcohol to escape. With smack-you-in-the-face honesty, Elizabeth chronicles the dark realities and real-life horrors of teenage drug abuse, living on the streets, foster homes, and treatment centers. She paints an unsparing portrait of scratching and clawing her way out of the grips of child abuse, addiction, and betrayal to find the strength within herself to save her own life. "
My Two Cents:
"Wounds of the Father" is a memoir about Elizabeth Garrison, a woman who first survived child abuse and then fell into drugs and alcohol. She gives an unflinching look at what she has been through and how she came out on the other side. I am always drawn to memoirs about people that I have gone through difficult things to see how they were able to cope with their situation and how they overcome it.
Because of the nature of the events in this book, it is often hard to read but I appreciated how open Garrison was with her struggles.This book is extremely raw in some places and it made me really feel for the author. I think it can be difficult to read books like this but it's important to understand some of the struggles that other people have to go through. The title is somewhat of a misnomer; the story mostly focuses on the author's struggle with substance abuse rather than child abuse.
The writing of the book was good. I appreciated how up front the author was with her struggles. You feel like she is talking to you as a friend and that she isn't holding anything back. There were some mystifying grammatical errors that took me out of the book and made it difficult to jump back in.