Leah Greenblatt
September 22, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fiction Ruined My Family

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jeanne Darst
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B+

If Darst, the youngest daughter of two deeply eccentric bluebloods fallen from great wealth to shabby gentility and, eventually, booze-soaked squalor, is rich in anything, it’s material. Fiction Ruined My Family is both engaging and exhausting — like having a charming, wildly witty party guest whose stories grow increasingly unhinged as the night wears on. Some may not have the stomach (or the built-in emotional Dramamine) to follow her harrowing, often disjointed tales, but Lord knows the girl’s got flair. B+

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