This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir

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Victoria Loustalot lost her father, who’d been living a double life, at the age of 11. Her bedridden and HIV-infected parent died at the age of 44. Three years before his death he offered her a trip around the world, with stops in Cambodia, Stockholm and Paris (places that had been important in his life). In this memoir she proceeds to visit Angor Wat, Stockholm and Paris as an adult in an attempt to find the man she never quite knew: “Everything I was seeing I imagined my father saw, too.”

The book will appeal to those who have traveled to a new place and found it to be magical – “I was unprepared for how (the towers at Angor Wat) were going to make me feel.” What’s a bit strange is that the writer, who grew up in Sacramento, has little love for the place. She describes Sacramento winters as “wet and dark,” and states that her father “had no love” for the city.

In the end, Loustalot may not have come closer to locating her mysterious father’s true character, but she does complete a fulfilling journey of self-discovery. This memoir may lead some readers to fashion a similar journey.


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Author Victoria Loustalot
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish Date 2013-Sep-10
ISBN 9781250005205
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Issue March 2014
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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