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2.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 5 2.65 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Robison Narrator: Debra Monk Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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In The Long Journey Home, their mother, Margaret Robison, finally gets to tell her side of the story, which is more nuanced and poignant than one would ever imagine. Beginning with her childhood in southern Georgia, with its façade of 1950s propriety masking all sorts of recognizable demons (alcoholism, sexual repression, misogyny, suicide, and disease) up until her mental breakdown and, in recent years, her recovery from her massive stroke, The Long Journey Home is Robison's attempt to make sense of a complicated, often tortured, and complex American life. She writes movingly and honestly about her shortcomings as a parent, her difficult marriage, and her two now-famous children. An accomplished poet and artist, Robison tells the heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story of a woman trapped by social convention in a time when escaping cultural expectations was harder than we now can remember.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Taylor | 1/14/2014

    " Margaret Robison's memoir is very insightful. She bares her soul, telling the reader of her accomplishments as well as her many failures. Margarets tell us proudly of het 2 sons (both accomplished authors themselves). The ups and downs of her life are told from the heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/8/2014

    " written by Augusten (Chris)Burroughs mother...Not sure I beleive everything she wrote..also dont know how she could write so clearly what was going on during her psychotic episodes..Just not real believable.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2013

    " I had to read this book, since I've read both her sons memoirs....but she is so psychotic it was sometimes unbelievable. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It is mostly about all her psychotic episodes in different mental hospitals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 12/13/2013

    " Nothing very interesting happens. Probably because I've read all of her son's books, I was most interested in the part of the story involving the psychiatrist. The writing is not boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 12/10/2013

    " I'll stick to Augusten. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Zink | 11/28/2013

    " Gave up, I don't think I can read about anymore disfunction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Dean | 11/20/2013

    " A good read. However, if you're reading this because you've read "Running With Scissors" prepare to be surprised, Robison tells a completely different story than her son, with only a few similarities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/22/2013

    " Beautifully written. Her memoir reads like at poem at times.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaelen | 6/6/2013

    " not really worth reading on its own, but a good alternative perspective on Augusten Burroughs' memoirs "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rich | 6/5/2013

    " A heart-wrenching book about a woman who struggled with mental illness, abuse, and physical illness, ncluding a severe stroke. Although I felt her writing style was articulate and lyrical, the book was too long and too sad for my taste. However, her story of survival is heroic indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/25/2013

    " This book had some interesting parts, but mostly becuase I am familiar with Augusten Burroughs books. A lot of this story was uninteresting and seemed overly drawn out. I do enjoy hearing how the two authors disagree about their shared experiences. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina Gatewood | 12/22/2012

    " just an awful book.boring,all over the place, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/9/2012

    " disappointed that she did not address her son's version of their life more specifically. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 2/13/2012

    " I couldn't finish the book, it was too depressing too crazy. Even though I had all the other books from this family, this was just too over the top to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 10/27/2011

    " Did not finish the book. Rarely does this happen but I could not get through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 9/27/2011

    " I have concluded that she really is crazy and selfish, a difficult combination to have as your mother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/13/2011

    " This is a memoir by a woman who has serious issues. I think she tries to address them directly, but she's a very unreliable narrator and after a while I began to feel claustrophobic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaelen | 7/10/2011

    " not really worth reading on its own, but a good alternative perspective on Augusten Burroughs' memoirs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/14/2011

    " Beautifully written. Her memoir reads like at poem at times.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 6/4/2011

    " written by Augusten (Chris)Burroughs mother...Not sure I beleive everything she wrote..also dont know how she could write so clearly what was going on during her psychotic episodes..Just not real believable.. "

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