Jeanne Darst: Fiction Ruined My Family

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Jeanne Darst discusses her memoir Fiction Ruined My Family, about growing up with a father who believed that he’d write the Great American Novel and reclaim the family's former glory. But his efforts never pan out, and that failure, along with her mother's burgeoning alcoholism, lead to financial disaster and divorce. As Jeanne grows up she is horrified to discover that she is not only a drinker like her mother, but a writer like her father.


Jeanne Darst

Comments [5]


Jeanne Darst - not far from Jeanne d'Arc with French pronunciation

Oct. 16 2011 10:28 AM
Kate from Chicago

Great book! Loved it. Some of us can relate. It feels good to get this stuff out there - and then laugh!

Oct. 05 2011 02:07 PM
Tom from formerly of NYC

Oh boy, yet another person making money off the backs of their family issues. Can we get a break form these writers...? NY'er bohemian who seems to be the only one who finds her stuff funny...

Her notion that she was trying to get away with her alcoholism is not new...even if your 15 yo...its what we all did...figure ways to get away with it...every alcoholic knows they are just takes years/decades to Own up to we are all self-deceiving first and foremost.

All in all - a yawn fest.

Oct. 05 2011 01:24 PM
will from qnz

this chick sounds like an alcoholic.

Oct. 05 2011 01:22 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Writing fiction,i.e. tall tales, half truths, and whole lies, is just another entertaining way to sublimate turbulent emotions.

And the problem with journalism today is too many fiction writers are employed to manufacture "news."

Oct. 05 2011 01:09 PM

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