Review: Francesca Rendle-Short’s “Bite Your Tongue”
Part-fiction, part-memoir, Rendle-Short unravels her relationship to her moralist crusader mother, who is of the fundamentalist Christian, “burn that pernicious book and protect our children” ilk. It is quite absorbing, and interesting in that it plays with genre, but it was very much in the “memoir as therapy” school that sinks rather than floats my boat.
Where it came from: Library
Time and manner of reading: Samplers then a library read-in
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: Augusten Burroughs’ Running with Scissors
Who I’d recommend it to: Memoir fans
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper; Belonging by bell hooks