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Tolstoy wrote that every happy family is the same, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way he might have been writing about the family of Tosca Rung In Margo Perin s poignant autobiographical novel, we hear the powerful voice of this bold little girl as she grows up in a family dominated by a father who is not only brutal to his seven children, but a crook of such enormous proportions that Tosca has moved many times in the middle of the night from New York, to Mexico, the Bahamas, Florida, Scotland and England before she reaches puberty Perin captures the child s voice perfectly, describing what s important to her from stealing candy from the corner store to a moment s kindness from a friend s mother and wondering about the things she cannot fathom especially her father s fists, her mother s complicity in his violence, and why the family has to change their last name every time they move In each new school she wonders how she will remember the new family name As a teen, she grows both despairing and bold and we wonder how she will ever escape this family s fights, secrets and betrayals With no money and no place to go, there s no easy way out but we see her inner strength growing too, and keep cheering her on.
(((Free))) ⇝ The Opposite of Hollywood ⇔ When Tosca Ring Is Seven Years Old, She Abruptly Goes On Vacation From Her Home In New York City To Cuernavaca, Mexico With Her Parents And Six Siblings During An FBI Investigation Into Her Father S Mafia Dealings From There, She Is Catapulted Into A Nomadic Life Marked By Secrecy And False Identities Her Father S Criminality Continues, And The Family Continues To Go On Vacation, Often In The Middle Of The Night, Always Without Warning, Through Five Countries And Two Continents As They Move, So, Too, Do Tosca S Internal Landscapes Her Life Becomes A Chain Of Shifting Realities, Linked By Secrets And Shaped By Growing Violence And Deceptions As Tosca Grows Into Young Adulthood, She Fights Back To Discover Her True Identity The Opposite Of Hollywood Is Based On Author Margo Perin S Childhood I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway I wasn t able to put it down once it arrived I got sucked in to the story of the character Tosca, based on the author s own childhood I laughed with her, got scared with her, cried with her, and struggled with the unknowns faced ahead I ll give away no spoilers in this review, but this was a great read Looking forward to by Margo Perin. An Honest ReflectionSome of the most interesting people are the product of upbringing and circumstance The lives of people we ve never met can be full of gripping stories, complete with the daily drama that unfolds in background Ms Perin s latest autobiographical novel is an honest and courageous presentation of a search for truth within one s own life For me, the genre itself is interesting because it differs from a memoir in that the author chose not to claim the story as a 100% accurate presentation of events That in itself lends credibility to the story as I find most memoirs to be the author s ideal perception of self In Perin s novel, names may have been changed, some details of locales and maybe even of events may have been slightly altered, but I d venture to guess that most of what the author s main character, Tosca experienced throughout the story was largely based on fact and truth.Tosca Ring, is the 4th offspring in a family of 9 Tosca s mother was a movie and opera fanatic and named their children after movie stars and opera singers The story opens with the Ring family living in NY City and for unknown reasons started taking holiday trips that turned into extended moves Tosca and her siblings were in a constant state of adjusting to new schools, new rules, new friends and neighbors, all the while never able to disclose anything about her family situation Her parents were secretive, irresponsible, and ultimately abusive toward their children On the outside, the Ring family may very well have been perceived as mysterious, intriguing jet setters However, the dreary and disturbed lives that each of children endured were amplified by the lack of attention and extreme treatment received from their parents The story spans the most influential years of Tosca s life, from a young age until late teens As an avid and curious reader I m of the belief that authors are motivated to create and publish for a multitude of reasons Perin may have written this novel in order to confront the naked truths of her own life Beyond pure entertainment, my interpretation of the result was that Ms Perin found peace by confronting the reality of her life in the process of sharing it with others A review of the author s accomplishments as an artist, writer, and musician are a testimony to the possibility of overcoming family disfunction.Young adult readers parents should be warned that some of the passages in this novel contain vulgar language, promiscuous situations, and violence All of it felt genuine, honest and written with purpose I came away with a realization that family disfunction and abuse can be a thin layer away from what most of us might see I also came away reflecting on the resiliency of resourceful and hopeful individuals Margo Perin I suspect many readers will identify with Tosca and the lives of her sibs and maybe find peace in the knowledge that they are not alone. I ve just finished The Opposite Of Hollywood It s 12 39 a.m., the earliest moments of my Thursday morning.I ll admit I was a little lost at the beginning of the book In the virtuous perspective of the young Tosca, I was slightly unamused with the first vacations, as to me, they felt very play pretend You must know that I put down my commitment, my thick, brick of a book Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for this I think it is understandable that my perception was all twisted when I exchanged the voice of Wallace, a seasoned master of mind and life, for Tosca, trying to master and understand the imbalance of her life.But as Tosca grew older, so did my understanding, and I began to realize that my Tosca s own innocence had become mine I was just as confused about the vacations as she was And along with this, dumbfounded and ashamed for my own obliviousness when this realization occurred a good hundred pages into the book as the power of your writing overwhelmed Tosca tumbles through adolescence, bumps, bruises, and tiger stripes adorning her along the way, but I probably don t have to tell you that, because Tosca is yours, and presumably, Tosca is you But beyond these physical marks of maturity, she learns lesson after lesson, whether it is pounded into her or not She learns guilt, and blame, and pressure She learns to sit with her loneliness in a crowd And although her adolescence to me is very strange, these lessons are very much familiar.What struck me the most, and left my insides shaking, emotional, were the pages in which she encounters the risks of relationships Abusive and unhealthy relationships will always exist, but seem to be a pressing current issue among people my age The time she goes home with John in Glasgow and he s shooting up, made my insides crawl It made me feel incredibly lucky to be sixteen and have never encountered that outside of the crime shows I binge watch on Netflix The pregnancy, followed by an abortion was all too real for young girls in the world, some of whom I know And the reactions from her parents were those of which girls my age are lucky to avoid with the help of accessible resources And for Tosca, these were just parts of growing up Unlike young adult novels that touch on these topics, these were not and then my world came crashing down moments They were real, raw moments that happened, and life moved on And the way you wrote them as so was the most important So, in all truth, it s a hard novel to sit with It s a sad story, and the reader has to sit in the sadness because the sadness is the truth, and though it is uncomfortable, it is necessary I so beyond enjoyed this read I would love to read of your writing, and if not that, read anything you recommend From the floor of my heart, thank you for the vacation. Perin has a riveting story to tell and she does so with suspense and a sensory flair As the family careens from one setting to another, from New York to Mexico to Nassau to Florida to Glasgow to London, each location comes vividly alive She builds almost unbearable suspense as we wait for each of the children, especially Tosca, to discover a way to survive and escape their clueless parents This is an important book for anyone who values a good story and the triumph of the human spirit I particularly like thinking of it in the hands of teachers and therapists because small acts of kindness from professionals and other caring adults shine out like brilliant beacons from these pages. Margo Perin s new novel is the opposite of dull If you enjoy razor sharp writing and psychological thrillers, this is for you If you enjoy novels about multi layered family relationships, stories of sibling rivalry and brutal, zany parenting, you ll love this If tales of runaways from the FBI tweak your interest, this is for you Tosca and her brothers and sisters are named after operatic and showbiz characters All gifted, and courageous in dealing with one shock after another, their story resembles the heightened narrative of an opera, complete with comedy and tragedy I don t want to give anything away, but I found the journey of this feisty protagonist deeply moving and satisfying. Compelling, beautiful, sad, triumphant Lovely writing, full, believable characters Thank you Margo for sharing your stories with us