After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir by Christina McDowell

By Christina McDowell

Within the culture of latest York occasions bestsellers What is still via Carole Radziwill and Oh the honor of all of it by means of Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally sincere, cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall highway implosion.
Christina McDowell was once born Christina Prousalis. She needed to swap her identify to be legally extricated from the path of chaos her father, Tom Prousalis, left within the wake of his arrest and next imprisonment as one of many in charge avid gamers sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”). Christina worshipped her father and the possible ideal existence they lived…a lifestyles she unearths out used to be equipped on lies. Christina’s kin, as is usually the case, had no proposal what used to be happening. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to penal complex whereas her mom dissolved in denial.

Since then, Christina’s existence has been decimated. As her kinfolk floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medicinal drugs, and promiscuity earlier than discovering catharsis within the impossible of areas. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list golf equipment and seedy underbelly of l. a., this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the tough realities of a fall from grace. choked with nineties nostalgia and entry to the interior circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowell’s attractive memoir is a Blue Jasmine tale from a daughter’s viewpoint.

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After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir

Within the culture of latest York instances bestsellers What is still by way of Carole Radziwill and Oh the honour of all of it by way of Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally sincere, cautionary story approximately one family’s destruction within the wake of the Wall road implosion.
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Since then, Christina’s existence has been decimated. As her kinfolk floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medicines, and promiscuity sooner than discovering catharsis within the impossible of locations. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list golf equipment and seedy underbelly of l. a., this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the cruel realities of a fall from grace. choked with nineties nostalgia and entry to the interior circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowell’s appealing memoir is a Blue Jasmine tale from a daughter’s point of view.

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It was the perfect sequel to the moment a few months earlier when, on a baseball field at Pomfret, my Connecticut boarding school, I had been forced to conclude that I would never star for my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. 143 batting average, for example – meant that on the Friday before Spring Dance Weekend I was catching fly balls in the outfield while Saturday’s starters took batting practice. My girlfriend wouldn’t even get to see me play! As I pondered this depressing fact, someone in a nearby dorm turned on a radio and the new Fats Domino single, ‘Walking To New Orleans’, echoed across the field.

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