Mama’s Little Firecracker– Memoir
“I don’t remember the moment my heart started beating, but I’m paying attention now.” So begins the memoir of a girl- actually two girls, one a shadow of the other- growing up in working class Marin County, California.
Lindy, diagnosed a paranoiac schizophrenic, has spent most of her life in mental institutions. Her unexplained relocations from one locked facility to another provide background for the author’s own journey from a childhood locked in confusion, abandonment, and loss, to her eventual healing and recovery. Each life casts a shadow on the other.
Unfortunately Lindy continues her life in locked rooms with a locked mind. The author wants Lindy to know that this book is about her: “I want her to know that her life counts. But I’m not so sure she still reads, or even cares that I wrote. She was hospitalized and I wasn’t. I thought I was crazy, too. We did the same stuff.” Pru Starr is “paying attention now” –to both of their lives.
Pru’s memoir concerns Marin County and moves Northwest. It’s a true story of survival.