October 2019
My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
by Adrienne Brodeur
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Oc tober 15, 2019
Hardcover, 256 pages
A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. 

" This page turning memoir…reads like heady beach fiction…This layered narrative of deceit, denial, and disillusionment is a surefire bestseller.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Shocking, poignant, unputdownable.” 
— People Magazine

Best Fall Book:
  Entertainment Weekly * People * BuzzFeed * NPR On Point *  Real Simple * New York Post *
Dear Reader:

WILD GAME tells the story of a hot July night in 1980 when my mother woke me out of a sound sleep to tell me that she’d been kissed by my stepfather’s best friend. I was fourteen. What I didn’t know at the time was that my mother was about to embark on a love affair that would last a dozen years. What I did know, even as it happened, was that my life would never be the same. I had gone to bed as my mother’s daughter and I had woken up as her best friend and confidante, soon to become a co-conspirator in her epic affair, participating in years of elaborate subterfuge without considering the consequences of my complicity.
I tried to process and make sense of these events for years, but it was when I started my family that I realized I still had work to do. I did not want to mother as I’d been mothered. Only then did I find the courage to confront my past head on – through memoir and in my own voice. In finally owning my story, I was able to move beyond it.
Warm regards,

Adrienne Brodeur