Picks and Pans Review: The Afterlife
by Donald Antrim
REVIEWED BY FRANCINE PROSE
To say that Antrim’s gripping new book recounts the pain of having a ferociously alcoholic, violent, charismatic mother might make it sound like a conventional memoir. But The Afterlife is like nothing else. With tenderness, humor and insight, Antrim evokes the volatile atmosphere of the home that he and his sister shared with mother Louanne, a frustrated artist twice divorced from their father. The book is at its strongest when he writes about her death, and it should be required reading for everyone who has been haunted by the restless ghosts of those they love most.