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Book Review: Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

I really do enjoy a good memoir, and Wild Game as been on my TBR for some time – I do love a dysfunctional family non fiction, this short gem did not disappoint!

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Love, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur

Genre: Non fiction, Memoir

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: A super quick read, I thoroughly enjoyed Brodeur’s memoir. I found it well paced, and the turn of events kept me gripped throughout. I was completely shocked by Brodeur’s mother, Malabar’s, behaviour/internal wiring. Malabar repeatedly burdened her young daughter with her secrets and made her complicit to years of adultery. I found the whole story astonishing! I loved the complex layers the individuals all had, which Brodeur did a fantastic job at bringing to life throughout the pages. A great short memoir for anyone who’s a fan of dysfunctional families.

Deception takes commitment, vigilance, and a very good memory. To keep the truth buried, you must tend to it. For years and years, my job was to pile on sand – fistfuls, shovelfuls, bucketfuls, whatever the moment necessitated – in an effort to keep my mother’s secret buried.

Plot:

A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.

On a hot July 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. 

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