Through a lovely and haunting collection of stories, Rachael shares her experience of being raised by her bipolar mother, Sonja. Starting from the age of five with the innocence and playfulness of a child, into adulthood, where her mother’s influence is still all too clear.
Rachael shares how her mother’s larger-than-life personality created both comical and earth-shattering moments in her life. From having the Zoo bring animals to their house, to hiring twelve nannies, to finding her mother’s suicide note, Rachael’s deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant childhood follows her mother’s manic-depressive episodes while capturing the loving moments as well.
An Impossible Childhood is a compelling memoir of intense love and resilience. Readers discover firsthand how a bipolar mother has impacted Rachael’s life and made her who she is today.