Monday, March 2, 2015

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cummings

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Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Dey St.
Pages: 290
My rating: 4 stars
Ages: 18+

When his father tells Alan that he isn't his son, Alan is thrown back to his childhood and his father's constant verbal and physical abuse. As he discovers more about his maternal grandfather, everything seems to mean even more as he contemplates what it means to not be his father's son.

Cumming's memoir is told using his childhood and about two months from 2010, which is partly what made this so fascinating to me. It showed how much something that happens to you as a child can influence who you are and what you do as an adult.

The writing has a nice mix of humor weaved into it, which makes the reading of this book a lot less depressing. But the tender way that he speaks of his mother and learning about her father is beautiful. Knowing one's family can be a blessing, one that Cumming, his mother, and his brother fully realize.

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