The backstory: I had this graphic memoir in my read-a-thon stack but didn't get to it. While reading the November 2011 issue of Marie Claire, however, I discovered a Laurie Sandell article entitled "Loving a Madoff," about the relationship of Andrew Madoff and Catherine Hooper. It was fascinating and prompted me to pull The Imposter's Daughter off my shelf.
The basics: The Imposter's Daughter is a graphic memoir about Sandell's life. Its focus is her relationship with her father.
My thoughts: This graphic memoir begins with Sandell's childhood. As a reader, I appreciated seeing the story from the beginning. There is clearly something ominous looming, but it's easy to understand how and why it took Sandell so long to discover; we don't begin life distrustful of our parents. One of the my favorite parts of the childhood portion was the inclusion of actual drawings from Sandell's childhood. It was fascinating to see how she saw things and, to some extent, thought about them.
At times The Imposter's Daughter is more about Laurie than her father, although the driving force of this memoir is her father's impact on her life. It gets quite personal with life and love. Yes, there's comic nudity. I found Sandell's career as a celebrity interviewer among the most fascinating parts of this graphic memoir. It was unexpected, but it may be the part that lingers most with me.
The verdict: The Imposter's Daughter is a good read, although for me it fell short of greatness. The scattered focus made some parts drag. Ultimately, without further discovery of her father, I would have enjoyed more focus on Laurie and her career.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 256 pages
Publication date: July 29, 2009
Source: my local public library
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