I am so grateful to have had the great privilege of getting to know Lara through The Debutante Ball. She is one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I’ve ever known, and that beauty shines through in her stunning debut.
I absolutely could not manage to put this book down. I read it in two sittings and was consumed by the thought of it between the two. Lillibridge manages to give her reader an unflinching look into a childhood both harrowing and filled with the love of oft-misguided, sometimes mentally ill parents. In many ways, this memoir is an epic tale of motherhood, both the ways in which mothers fail and the ways those failures shape a new generation of better, more successful mothers.
In some ways, Lillibridge’s memoir isn’t so much a story about having lesbian parents as much as it is a story of a woman coming into her own, finding herself, and growing into a strong, compassionate human.
Lillbridge’s childhood was molded by her family and its failings and triumphs, but she came away from it with a story full of love and mistakes and forgiveness, a story more complex and fascinating than anything I’ve read in a long time. I am well beyond impressed. I came away from this narrative craving more. I can’t wait to see what Lillibridge has in store for us next.
GIRLISH pulls no punches, and it will leave you entirely gutted, but in the best possible way. Lara has some serious writing chops, and you’ll know it from page one.
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
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