The Long Journey Home: A Memoir

The Long Journey Home: A Memoir

The Long Journey Home: A Memoir

Margaret Robison


First brought to the realm in her sons’ now-classic memoirs—Augusten Burroughs’s Running with Scissors and John Elder Robison’s Look Me within the Eye—Margaret Robison now tells her personal haunting and lyrical tale. A poet and instructor through occupation, Robison describes her Southern Gothic adolescence, her marriage to a good-looking, extraordinary guy who turned a split-personality alcoholic and abusive husband, the demanding situations she confronted elevating childrens whereas having psychotic breakdowns of her personal, and her fight to regain her sanity.

Robison grew up in southern Georgia, the place the façade of Nineteen Fifties propriety masked every type of demons, together with alcoholism, misogyny, repressed homosexuality, and suicide. She met her husband, John Robison, in collage, and jointly they moved up north, the place John embarked upon a winning educational profession and Margaret stated the kids and labored on her artwork and poetry. but her husband’s alcoholism and her cave in into psychosis, and the eventual disintegration in their marriage, took a major toll on their relations: Her older son, John Elder, moved out of the home while he was once undefined, and her more youthful son, Chris (who later renamed himself Augusten), by no means accomplished highschool. while Margaret met Dr. Rodolph Turcotte, the therapist who used to be treating her husband, she felt understood for the 1st time and speedy fell less than his idiosyncratic and, finally, damaging effect.

Robison writes movingly and in truth approximately her psychological ailment, her shortcomings as a dad or mum, her tricky marriage, her irritating dating with Dr. Turcotte, and her now-famous young ones, Augusten Burroughs and John Elder Robison, who've every one written bestselling memoirs approximately their relations. She additionally writes inspiringly approximately her genuinely-earned trip to sanity and readability. An astounding and enduring tale, The lengthy trip domestic is a impressive and finally uplifting account of a classy, twentieth-century family members.

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