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Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir
 
 
Author
Ivana Lowell.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780307267986
Pages/Publication Date 285/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23552
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Born into one of the most celebrated Anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell tells a stunning yet often comic story of coming to terms with her blue-blood heritage and her own childhood traumas. It is also the story of her intense relationship with her formidably intelligent and complicated mother, writer Caroline Blackwood, and her discovery that her true paternity had been kept from her.

"Shocking and hilarious, this elegantly lucid memoir by Ivana Lowell is that lethal mix of British aristocracy, giant fortunes, huge freezing houses, beautiful women jagged with sophistication, pedophilia, mysterious paternity, cruelty and yes, cocktails. We are reminded of the plays of Oscar Wilde and novels from Ronald Firbank to Evelyn Waugh as we are introduced to a lively and unlikely mix that includes the Queen Mother and Harvey and Bob Weinstein. I am not making this up. The startling thing is how recent all this is and how extreme. Lowell is impressive and touching in sparing us none of this tragicomedy, least of all herself."óMike Nichols

 
 
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