Damage Control: A Memoir of Outlandish Privilege, Loss, and Redemption

Damage Control A Memoir of Outlandish Privilege Loss and Redemption A powerful blazingly honest memoir about a gay man and his larger than life Cuban mother finding each other and reconciling after years of estrangement When Sergei a psychotherapist discovers that

  • Title: Damage Control: A Memoir of Outlandish Privilege, Loss, and Redemption
  • Author: Sergei Boissier
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 425
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • A powerful, blazingly honest memoir about a gay man and his larger than life, Cuban mother finding each other and reconciling after years of estrangement When Sergei, a psychotherapist, discovers that his mother is terminally ill, he decides to leave his practice and his life in Paris to be by her side In the process of adopting a child himself, he does not want her to dA powerful, blazingly honest memoir about a gay man and his larger than life, Cuban mother finding each other and reconciling after years of estrangement When Sergei, a psychotherapist, discovers that his mother is terminally ill, he decides to leave his practice and his life in Paris to be by her side In the process of adopting a child himself, he does not want her to die thinking that one of her children hated her, and he hopes to understand and make peace with this complicated woman before it is too late.Alternating between Dollsie s last months as she battles pancreatic cancer, and poignant, often hilarious and at times shocking scenes from Sergei s childhood, DAMAGE CONTROL is a tale of outlandish excess of wildly glamorous and entitled lives lived above the fray and in deep denial.This memoir a fascinating look at a woman whose life has been one of great entitlement and disilluisonment, grandiosity, seduction and self destruction a woman brought up in pre Castro Cuba in a mythical paradise steeped in privilege and aristocracy, and her subsequent years in New York and Switzerland, her efforts to lead a glamorous life and pass the myth on to her children, while coping with feelings of longing and frustration that ultimately lead her to destroy everything that she has been taught to want and expect out of life and has desperately attempted to construct for her and her children From the mountain village of Gstaad, Switzerland, to New York, Miami and Cuba, the memoir explores the emotional and geographical landscapes of a mother and son whose lives are revealed to be poignant parallels After avoiding his narcissistic mother for a lifetime, seeking shelter from her rage, Sergei comes face to face with Dollsie as she confronts mortality Through his own experiences as a gay man journeying through the joys and perils of his generation, coming out in the early eighties in the deathly shadow of HIV and AIDS, and his years as an activist and therapist in the field, Sergei helps his mother come to terms with her guilt, her regrets and her fear of dying.DAMAGE CONTROL is ultimately a rendering of the cycle of life saying goodbye to a parent so you can say hello to a child, and finding grace and forgiveness through a mother s love.

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    1. I was very moved by Boissier's painfully honest examination of his difficult relationship with his mother and family, while at the same time very impressed with his innate ability to craft an engaging and entertaining story -- so often memoir lists too heavily to one or the other, but Boissier gets the balance just right. His readiness to peel away the scabs of his childhood pain make this at times a hard book to read, but the brutal honesty is what makes this a great book as well. Following the [...]

    2. Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My MotherThe protagonist of any good novel or memoir must grow and change, but the reader better be entertained and moved while that happens. Sergei Boissier achieves that and more in "Damage Control," his memoir of life with his grande dame of a mother Dollsie. A diva who lived life high on every level (homes, fashion, men, booze), she could have been ripped from the pages of "Valley of the Dolls." Unlike those dramatis personae cardboard cutouts, [...]

    3. Was this self-published? It certainly didn't seem closely edited. Not only was the structure weak, there were typos. I think the story of a guy who hated his mother and punished her for it his entire life, only to learn to let go of it all and forgive her and himself as she dies, is beautiful and human. I like that he's able to extend some kindness and empathy toward her. But the book itself just isn't well written. I mean, I finished it, but I didn't need to.

    4. I was very moved by Boissier's memoir about his life and relationships with his family. It shows what growing up lacking a mother's love can do to a child and later as an adult. An important book that deserves a while readership.

    5. an engrossing memoir. The amazing wealth the author grew up in dulled the overall impact for me. would you rather have a rotten wealthy life or a rotten life in poverty?

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