Monday, August 22, 2011

Leave Me Alone, by B.E. Hewson

Leave me alone: Memoirs of an Exmormon

Poetry, prose, and short stories comprise this book about the author's struggle through life and relationships.  Childhood pains are delved into, including dealing with her religion.  The author deals with being stuck and not really belonging, having left the church, but still not a part of the world as a whole.

I have to admit, the subtitle "Memoirs of an Exmormon" is what drew me to download this free book.  Having become fascinated with the LDS church, I really thought this book would have some perspective on LDS doctrine, and why the author defected.  I was sadly disappointed that very little is discussed about the church.  In fact, very little of anything is discussed.

I found this book terribly confusing; I felt like there was no real cohesiveness to it, it skipped around a lot, and I am still a little confused as to whether is this an actual memoir, or if it is just a book of stories and poetry with an incredibly misleading title.  It seemed to me like the book tries to hard to be hip, and beatnik, and anyone who does not "get" the book is surely uptight and unsophisticated.  But I will freely admit, I just did not get it.

I think there is potential here, however.  With a bit more material, and substance, not to mention a good editor, I think something really interesting could me made of this work.

This book is from my personal library.
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