This is one of my favorite true to life story book. It's about Irene Watson's roller coaster life where she manage to handle her life ups and down. I certainly admire her for keeping her strength from battling her dark past and offer forgiveness. Honestly, I can see myself to her, we both experienced abuse in our life but in different ways. There's a similarity when it comes to dealing with people we trust most, yet they are the one who badly mistreated us. Anyway, Irene Watson's is a very succesful woman and famous author. She did a lot of accomplishment in her career. I wish someday I can write a book like this and share the whole world my roller coaster life. You can get a copy at Barnes and Noble, scroll down to read the overview.


Named for a childhood swing the author remembers as being impossible to get moving because of the rose bushes directly behind it, Watson's memoir recounts her fearful, highly sheltered years growing up an only child to Ukrainian immigrants in 1940s Alberta, Canada. Watson writes from the hindsight of her 50s, living in a Quebec addiction-recovery facility, where she has checked herself in for 28 days, unsure whether she can stay married to a husband she considers as overbearing as her mother was to her. Gradually, Watson uncovers the childhood wounds leading to her personality crisis: until age six, she lived in a log cabin in the wilderness within a few feet of her prohibitive mother, who pined for her dead firstborn son. Watson was largely ignored by her farmer father, abused by cousins and neighbors, and unable at first to speak English at her schoolhouse or make friends. Denied expression and love within the family, she acted out and married a man who helped continue to make excuses for her lack of ambition. She undergoes a rigorous 12-step program and a systematic breaking down of her ego so that she can re-create herself. This is an earnest memoir, well structured, though the writing lacks rigorous urgency.

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