Riding the Cyclone
Growing Up Feral In the '60s
Lauren Ruth Wiener
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When Lauren Ruth Wiener was six, her mother died without warning. More interested in dating than child-rearing, her father left her in the care of a violent, unhinged nanny. A riveting first-person account, Riding the Cyclone careens like the Coney Island roller coaster from gut-wrenching sadism to hilariously caustic commentary as Lauren tries to make sense of her world. Growing up in extreme isolation amid suburban affluence, she suffers from the profound disconnect between appearance and reality. Seeking freedom from her terrifying home in an idyllic private high school, Lauren finds her inner chaos mirrored in the upheavals of the ’60s.
“A beautiful and unusual coming of age story.”
— Alison Baker, author, Loving Wanda Beaver
A page turner...
I thoroughly enjoyed Riding the Cyclone. Lauren takes an unvarnished look at a challenging life in an interesting era; the roller coaster analogy is an apt one. A good and intriguing read.
a cyclone of a read
A compelling, tumultuous account, which captures the observations and feelings of a child to an upbringing of abuse, through awakenings and escape of early adulthood. Disturbing, moving, and humorous, it throws one through life's cyclone.
Riding the Cyclone- a great read
This account of growing up is a weave of emotions which can tug at your heart, slap you in the face, and, often, curl your face into a big smile. I hated to see this book end but it's stayed with me, now for months. A great story but even greater writing.