The Sky Isn't Visible from Here by Felicia C. Sullivan
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Felicia Sullivan's volatile, beautiful, deceitful, drug-addicted mother disappeared on the night Sullivan graduated from college, and has not been seen or heard from in the ten years since. Sullivan, who grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn in the 1980s, now looks back on her childhood—lived among drug dealers, users, and substitute fathers. Sullivan became her mother's keeper, taking her to the hospital when she overdosed, withstanding her narcissistic rages, succumbing to the abuse or indifference of so-called stepfathers, and always wondering why her mother would never reveal the truth about the father she'd never met.

Ashamed of her past, Sullivan invented a persona to show the world. Yet despite her Ivy League education and numerous accomplishments, she, like her mother, eventually succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse. She wrote The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, when she realized it was time to kill her own creation.

About Felicia C. Sullivan

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Felicia C. Sullivan received her MFA from Columbia University's writing program and has been awarded fellowships from Tin House magazine and SLS Literary Seminars. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in anthologies and journals. In 2001, she founded the award-winning literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. Sullivan lives in New York, where she works in publishing.
Published February 5, 2008 by Algonquin Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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But she still indulged in risky behavior, including constant drug use that got her fired from just the kind of secure white-collar job that would have helped put the old neighborhood behind her.

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Here's the bottom line: Though it's relatively well-written, Sullivan's memoir, The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, comes off as a screed against her mother, and ultimately fails to garner sympathy for the author's drug-addled adulthood (which, of course, she blames on...guess who).

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Dani Shapiro says, "Read this book at you own peril. It will keep you awake at night and haunt your dreams." I think that is an excellent summation of this book, written by Felicia Sullivan. This is the story of a young girl's journey through life, her near demise by the same thing that cam...

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She studied people like a sociologist to learn the "proper ways to act".  Throughout the story you are introduced to people who impacted her life, positive or negative but ultimately it is all up to her the direction she took her life. You celebrate the young woman who looked as if she had m...

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