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Growing Up While Going Down the Rabbit Hole

By: Frances Smith
Narrated by: Loreley Lester
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As the author’s childhood tumbles from her memory into the book, the listener is privy to all sorts of surprising revelations. Be prepared to chuckle with glee, feel your mouth gape listening about situations too weird to be untrue, wince as your heart breaks in sadness and anger over sordid situations, and shake your head both in disbelief and even perfect understanding of unusual childhood tales.

Between the covers of the book, the author’s very direct style in sharing the goings-on around her that profoundly affected her talks to the listener personally and even bluntly. As the years pass, the toll from various elements in her life becomes clearer and grows higher.

The book’s title was chosen because it chronicles from a curious angle a young girl’s memories of growing up. The story’s framework of recollections connected to given residences, the number of those residences, and the regularity with which this family migrated from one to another was interesting from the storytelling perspective and fortunate for Frances and all her listeners. That her memories were mentally magnetized, that they attached and were thereby preserved according to the various times and places Frances called home, was an innovative, efficient, and effective writing device.

Use of the rabbit hole idiom was spot-on, because despite growing older, taller, and maturing in ways (growing up), simultaneously an ominous, downward momentum was also steadily gaining more of a foothold in the life of this young person. Left unchecked, this destructive force would increasingly result in a stranger, more problematic, and chaotic life, an exquisite analogy provided by Lewis Carroll.

The story shared within this book is a poignant and absorbing account as seen through the eyes of the child who lived it. Much is revealed throughout this narrative, and although the book ends, the story obviously continues. The indubitable question is not written but silently screams, what happens next?

©2020 Frances Smith (P)2023 Frances Smith

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