My Dead Parents: A Memoir

My Dead Parents: A Memoir Review

“In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out – for good or ill – who her parents really were.” - Library Journal (starred review)

Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents’ adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister – one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love. But when she cleaned out her childhood home in the wake of her mother's death, she discovered artifacts of a life and a love affair that she didn't recognize--letters, photos of exotic locales, and startling documents that revealed hidden pasts and forced her to rethink everything she thought she knew about her life and her family. Determined to learn who her parents had really been, she embarks on a journey of discovery and encounters truths she could have never imagined.

Part literary thriller, part detective story, My Dead Parents is the account of one woman's relentless quest to solve the tragic and complex mysteries of her past, and in so doing, to come more fully to terms with her life today.

Title:My Dead Parents: A Memoir

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Julie

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they wer...

  • Kelli

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn’t enjoying t...

  • Valerity *

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes a...

  • Nancy

    3.5Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss.The author begins with t...

  • Christina

    Overall, an excellent memoir. Well-written, immersive, and emotional. This woman's journey overtook my last two days. I will post a more in-depth review closer to publication date, but I will definite...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.'It’s a strange s...

  • Kathleen

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first pa...

  • Danielle Mootz

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the re...

  • Sue Dix

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother’s...

  • Maudaevee

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir....