Sep 25, 2020
This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter's Memoir
Posted by Victoria Loustalot

A razor sharp memoir in which a young woman travels to Cambodia, Stockholm, and Paris to overcome the legacy of her difficult and charismatic fatherWhen Victoria Loustalot was eight years old her father swept her up in a fantasy a trip around the world It was a grandiose plan and she had fallen for it But it had never been so much as a possibility Victoria s father was A razor sharp memoir in which a young woman travels to Cambodia, Stockholm, and Paris to overcome the legacy of her difficult and charismatic fatherWhen Victoria Loustalot was eight years old her father swept her up in a fantasy a trip around the world It was a grandiose plan and she had fallen for it But it had never been so much as a possibility Victoria s father was sick He was HIV positive and soon to fall prey to AIDS Three years later he would be gone.When Victoria realized that the grand trip with her father wasn t going to happen, she was devastated Her mother assumed she d get over it, that eventually it would become just a shrug But it didn t In the years to come, Victoria wondered what it would have been like to have been alone with her dad all those months, to see him outside of his sickness, beyond anything related to their family or their life To have been with him in a new context That s what she wanted And that s what she did.Some fifteen years after that initial promise, Victoria went to Stockholm, to Angkor Wat, and to Paris She went to the places they were meant to see together, and she went to make peace with her father, too Because while he d always be forty four, she d gone on accumulating birthdays Every year, her understanding of him continued to evolve and their relationship was still alive Victoria Loustalot felt trapped beneath all of the unanswered questions he left behind She

  • Title: This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter's Memoir
  • Author: Victoria Loustalot
  • ISBN: 1250038669
  • Page: 127
  • Format: ebook
  • This Is How You Say Goodbye A Daughter s Memoir A razor sharp memoir in which a young woman travels to Cambodia Stockholm and Paris to overcome the legacy of her difficult and charismatic fatherWhen Victoria Loustalot was eight years old her fath

    John

    Another impulse grab off my library s New Books shelf, which turned out in this case to be okay, though not great Really deserves that classic 2.5 stars option.Travel narrative aspect in Sweden and Cambodia were the strongest parts for me Author s search for the truth about her father wasn t as compelling Frankly, he didn t strike me as a very nice person, but rather shallow and full of himself like a narcissist Still, I could understand the motivation for her quest what I did not care fo Anothe [...]


    Megan Mills

    I am pleased to say I lost my memoir virginity to this book It made me want to read nothing but memoirs and explore non fiction I laughed, I cried, I reread my favorite parts Go read it.


    Sarah

    I loved this book LOVED I want to buy it for everyone I know so they can read it and love it too Painful but beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable throughout I laughed, I cried I could go on and on, but I think you should just read it and then we can talk about it together And now I desperately want to go to Stockholm


    Steve Hirsch

    A touching memoir about Victoria and her father, or the memory of him After her parents divorce, and her father s death when she s eleven, she sets out to follow some of his footsteps, traveling to places he d lived and then on to places he d only dreamed about going.


    Angie Fehl

    This is Loustalot s memoir of how taking a trip around the world helped her make peace with the difficult, strained relationship she had with her father When she was just a small girl, her father came out not only as homosexual but also HIV positive Three days before her 11th birthday, he commits suicide Loustalot discusses how her father often talked of taking her on an international trip, so as an adult she decides to take the trip alone to have a sort of official goodbye to him On synopsi Thi [...]


    Nikki

    I am so accustomed to reading fiction that I had to keep reminding myself this was someone s life, someone s story That made it all the real and all the edges sharp When we read fiction, it s easy to empathize with the characters, to a degree, but deep inside we know that they are fictitious Not so, with this story It was beautifully written and I felt as if I made her travels with her, just observing from the sidelines I can t imagine the pain of losing a father at such a youn I am so accustome [...]


    Brandy

    Very colorful, touching story.



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