A compelling, at times horrifying work that is impossible to put down, House Rules
will stand beside Running with Scissors
and The Glass Castle
as a memoir that cracks open the shell of a desperately dysfunctional family with impressive grace and humor. Rachel Sontag grew up the daughter of a well liked doctor in an upper middle class suburb of Chicago. The view from outside couldn't have been more perfect. But within the walls of the family home, Rachel's life was controlled and indeed terrorized by her father's serious depression. In prose that is both precise and rich, Rachel's childhood experience unfolds in a chronological recounting that shows how her father became more and more disturbed as Rachel grew up. A visceral and wrenching exploration of the impact of a damaged psyche on those nearest to him, House Rules
will keep you reading even when you most wish you could look away.
©2008 Rachel Sontag; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC.