After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir by Christina McDowell

By Christina McDowell

Within the culture of recent York occasions bestsellers What is still by way of 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 road implosion.
Christina McDowell was once born Christina Prousalis. She needed to switch 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 responsible gamers sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”). Christina worshipped her father and the doubtless excellent existence they lived…a lifestyles she reveals out was once outfitted on lies. Christina’s kinfolk, as is usually the case, had no thought what was once occurring. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to penitentiary whereas her mom dissolved in denial.

Since then, Christina’s existence has been decimated. As her relations floundered in rehab, melancholy, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, medicines, and promiscuity ahead of 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 internal 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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That year, when I was ten, we traveled back down to Skagway for a visit. Chuck, Heather, Molly, and I stayed with the Moores, the big family whose house I had been on my way to the day I tried to fly. During our visit, Mom and Dad took some friends mountain-goat hunting and trekking. Sometimes Dad guided in the summers and would take groups of travelers on the Chilkoot Trail, the same route used during the Klondike Gold Rush. One summer it was a Florida businessman named Tad Duke and a group of his friends.

The spirit of Alaska is unique, combining awe for the untamed majesty of nature, a rugged individualism, and strong traditions of mutual aid. People still come to Alaska seeking adventure and a chance to test their mettle in the wilderness. Good people like Chuck Heath. He arrived for the hunting and fishing but actually hit the trifecta: he got the adventure he yearned for and earned his master’s degree in education and got a pay raise to boot. The State of Alaska was paying a premium, $6,000 a year (more than twice what he was paid in Idaho), to attract more teachers.

Early in my political career, I would remember that lesson. When things went right under my administration’s leadership, sometimes I’d look around and wonder why no one but me was jumping with joy. ) In high school, I played basketball, my name next to number 22 on the varsity roster all four years. I mainly rode the bench during close games, until my senior year, because I played point guard behind a much stronger player, my sister Heather. Our team was made up of a group of best girlfriends, like Kim “Tilly” Ketchum and Karen Bush, who shared everything, including our faith.

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