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Kelly Carlisle was three weeks old when her mother was strangled in downtown Los Angeles, leaving Kelly in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric Englishman who owned a porn store and lived on a boat in the harbor. It is here that Kelly finds a home amongst friendly alcoholics and the city's forgotten residents. But she can't help but wonder if she is destined to become a part of the dysfunction that surrounds her.
As an adult, Kelly is drawn to the thornier truths of her own family history. To piece together the sad narrative of her mother's life and death, Kelly goes back to the beginning-to a mother she never knew, a thirty-year-old cold case, and two of Los Angeles's most notorious murderers. Unflinchingly raw and vividly drawn, We Are All Shipwrecks is a memoir of an unconventional childhood and one woman's courageous journey to the knowledge that where you come from isn't always who you are.
"Although the initial intrigue in Carlisle's engrossing memoir is that of her mother's murder, quite possibly by the Hillside Strangler, the real story is what came after. ... Carlisle writes from her current perspective, questioning the implications of a life marked by death from the start and exploring how the adults in her life, from Dee to her grandfather to the neighbor who takes her to swim practice every morning, shaped who she was and who she became." - Booklist
"Moving and complex, this is an exquisitely written tale of perseverance and unconditional love." - Library Journal, STARRED
"A turbulent childhood is accurately rendered in this gritty, raw memoir of Carlisle's family and her search for the truth about her mother's death." - Kirkus
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