Author(s): Alexandra Styron
PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, "Reading My Father "is the story of a daughter coming to know her father at last. "A natural writer, fluid, and engaging" ("The Boston Globe"), Alexandra Styron grew up in Connecticut and on Martha's Vineyard, where her family's vibrant social life included writers, presidents, and entertainers. She was raised under both the halo of her father's brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. William Styron, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, was a fascinating and difficult man whose own memoir, "Darkness Visible," searingly chronicled his midlife battle with major depression. "By turns brilliant and shocking" ("The New York Times Book Review"), "Reading My Father "is a tale of a daughter's love and her own coming-of-age, beautifully written, with humor, understanding, and grace.
"Alexandra Styron's account of her father is clear-eyed, frightening, and compassionate: an often lyrical view of Styron's struggle with despair, writing, and living. She is unsentimental about the toll his depression and alcoholism took on his work, and even less sentimental about the damage it did to his family. William Styron was a great writer and complex person; his daughter does him justice.." - Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of "An Unquiet Mind" and "Nothing Was the Same"