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Insane Roots: The Adventures of a Con-Artist and Her Daughter

A Memoir
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Growing up, Tiffany Rochelle had no reason to believe her mother was not who she claimed to be, but that all changed when she was nine. She learned her mother had been living under a false identity since before she was born, and that the name her mother had used on her birth certificate wasn't real. From that point, Tiffany's life was never the same.

By the time she was 25, her mother had used 27 known aliases and had created just as many lives to go along with them. As she got older and "found" herself in the world of art, Tiffany realized that even if she could have chosen her mother, she would have chosen no differently. Tiffany knew that she would not have achieved success as an artist were it not for her mother's insane roots.

Tiffany Rochelle's story shows how true the saying, "You can't choose your family" is and why you should be grateful for them.

©2016 Tiffany Rochelle (P)2016 Tiffany Rochelle

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Not finished! Where's the rest of the story?

Warning: Promised content not delivered! Con artist much?

Maybe there is a tale to be told here, but it wasn't told and I won't be risking this author again. It did not include most of the content promised in the Audible blurb. This is maybe 25% of a book, and I intend to return it.

The book ends abruptly and is clearly unfinished. The title "Insane Roots" is an overly-dramatic description of the content, at best.

I'm not sure why this incomplete book is offered as an Audible selection? Was something missed?

The book is about the author's childhood, and finishes with a last few paragraphs saying that the author's adult adventures with her mother are far more colorful ... and then the book ends. What ???

There are no "con artist" incidents, one of the primary features of the blurb. As for the "27 identities", there is only one brief note of one identify theft, without details of how or why it was done. The worst "insanity" are some drunk-and-drug parties and petty shoplifting. There is very little about what her mother was doing with her life beyond the fragments seen by a young child. The one redeeming feature of the book is the balance and restraint toward making her mother look even crazier.

The parent she describes is no flakier than many parents dabbling in drugs in our culture today. The story was told well enough for what it was, but it wasn't special. It might be good in an Al-Anon context.

The author is a barely-passable narrator. I didn't find her tone to be particularly listenable.