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The Critic's Daughter

A Memoir

by Priscilla Gilman

The Critic's Daughter by Priscilla Gilman X
The Critic's Daughter by Priscilla Gilman
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  • Published Feb 2023
    304 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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  • Ilene M. (Longmont, CO)
    Not to my liking
    If you have read any of the other reviews on this website, you know that Priscilla Gilman is writing a memoir about her father and the relationship that she had with him. While I respect her writing skills, I found that I had little to no interest in either Priscilla or her father. The angst was overwhelming and bothered me. I expect that many people can relate to the story and even empathize with Priscilla. I would have preferred that she kept this information to herself.
  • Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)
    A catharsis
    A grueling memoir of life in a dysfunctional family. I wanted to read it because I usually enjoy memoirs. This memoir may be enjoyed by an armchair psychologist. I am not one but had my own reactions to it as though I could help this person if I could only talk to her. Difficult to be 'critical' about a critic's life but I really think it was a way to make the author feel better about herself.
  • Molly O. (Centennial, CO)
    Co-dependency at its Worst
    I was intrigued by the author's mercurial father, the renowned drama critic, Richard Gilman. But as the book progressed, I became increasingly frustrated by the severe co-dependency suffered by the two. Unfortunately, that issue was never resolved, so I failed to understand why she even wrote this. While there were references to her treatment by a psychiatrist, it became clear that her need for unhealthy relationships proceeded from her father to her husband, her sons and finally to her mother. I expected some enlightenment, some progress towards good mental health but there was none. If you want to read a case study of the harm of co-dependency, read this. I did not enjoy it at all. P.S. And lose the overused adjectives!

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