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The Lost Woman by Sydney Smith

July–August 2012, no. 343

The Lost Woman by Sydney Smith

Text Publishing, $32.95 pb, 280 pp

The Lost Woman by Sydney Smith

July–August 2012, no. 343

In 1978 Christina Crawford published her memoir Mommie Dearest, an account of her life as the abused adoptive child of Joan Crawford. Shocking scenes in this book remain forever with readers. Sydney Smith’s account of life with her mother is, if anything, more horrific than Mommie Dearest. Traditional fairy tales often split the mother into the good mother and the bad mother, and the one in The Lost Woman is a baroque version of the bad. The memoir begins by invoking the story of Rapunzel and continues throughout the narrative to identify life’s key elements with the tropes of the folk tale. This is a story of imprisonment, escape, and transformation.

Carmel Bird reviews 'The Lost Woman' by Sydney Smith

The Lost Woman

by Sydney Smith

Text Publishing, $32.95 pb, 280 pp

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Comment (1)

  • Great gods below; the things we have to go through in families! This will definitely be on my reading list.
    Posted by Claire B Goodbody
    10 August 2016

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