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Publisher's Summary

A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.  

On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was 14, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me.    

Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life - and her mother - on her own terms.    

Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

Cover design by Christopher Moisan

©2019 Adrienne Brodeur (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

About the Creator

Adrienne Brodeur began her career in publishing as the cofounder, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of National Magazine Award-winning Zoetrope: All-Story. She has worked as a book editor and is currently the executive director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. She lives in Cambridge and on Cape Cod.

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Loved this book

The story is engaging and the narrator is excellent. Finished it in 2 days--wish there was more as I'm sad it's over.

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what a story and so well written

Frank insightful and compelling an excellent read that keeps your interest the entire way through

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I loved this book.

Well written, beautiful descriptive language, and a seemingly honest and fair account of an extraordinary circumstance. The narrator was excellent.

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This book just wasn't for me!

I looked back on the one and two star reviews and for me, those reviews summed up how I felt. Sadly, this was someone's life, and because of this, I find it difficult to speak my true feelings on the book. I think that the childhood Adrienne lived was quite sad and really unbelievable. The fact that she truly loved her step father and had to deceive him for so many years is quite messed up. I can't imagine how that would feel.Her mothers lack of regard for her daughter is unfathomable to me. Some people were just not meant to be parents and I think her mother is one of them, having absolutely no boundaries and teaching your daughter to lie to protect you is beyond messed up. I have no doubt that Adrienne is a strong women and should be proud of how she turned out (for lack of a better term). Even more so, I think it takes an extremely determined person to "Not mother the way you were mothered" and make an effort and the decision to do better for your children and for that I give her the utmost respect and admiration. The best part of the book was when her daughter approached her about the homework assignment and how she really didn't understand it. Hats off to you Adrienne! You must be an excellent mother despite how you grew up. That must have made you so proud, it should have!! The book however, was just so slow and drawn out. I did not enjoy every detail on meals from how they were butchered to how they were prepared and what spices were used etc etc. Boring! It did not add to the story and I thought about stopping the book several times but thinking back to all the five star reviews, it made me continue. I figured it had to get better, but nope it didn't. Although I felt the book was indeed well written and very well narrated, the story didn't hold my attention, it's just not interesting enough for others to read about. I don't understand why there were so many five star reviews.

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Totally entertaining

I loved this book. Did not remember that it was a memoir until the end. The narrator is first class. So well written.

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I wasn’t expecting to love this book

This one was a sleeper hit. I bought it on a whim and started listening casually. Soon enough, I was listening every chance I could and really fell in love with the characters and complex relationships. 10/10

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Great listening experience!

I really enjoyed this book and listened to it quickly as I was curious to see how it would end..

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I found the narrative ws good however the story line was slow and I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and it never did.

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  • 2020-02-07

Wild Game

Not for me. While the story was very sad for the daughter of a very disturbed, inappropriate mother, it just wasn't a book that would hold my interest. Maybe the mother's behavior just made me feel angry.

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  • Peter Holmes a Court
  • 2019-10-24

Self absorbed, unfulfilled but captivating

Self absorbed, unfulfilling and totally captivating Many memoirs fall into the same traps, but few are quite this enthralling. Of course it’s self absorbed, memoir writing is by definition, and this one is about a particular class of those most fortunate who display no noticeable gratitude. Still, everyone shares some of that, nobody is innocent. Unfulfilled because like many a memoir, the author never points the pen at themselves, and we are denied the same exposure she shines on others of herself. Captivating as it begins with the best gossip ever (I kissed my husband’s best friend!) and never let’s you escape the grip of a half century of intrigue and the search for the meaning of love. I loved it, even, like gossip, when I thought there was something better I should be doing with my time.

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  • Susan
  • 2020-01-29

Adolescent reading

This is a good book for an adolescent or you adult searching for personal or ethnic identity. This is not a good read for an older adult.

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  • Jacquelyn J Almond
  • 2019-12-30

Better toward the end but not enough of a rebound

This story is sad for the author to have lived this life, but it's not interesting enough for others to read about it. Also, the author goes to great links to try and over explain everything from food to scenery and it becomes annoying that they try too hard to visually explain every single detail. I would not recommend this to my friends.

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  • Gretchen
  • 2019-10-24

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So interesting to me the boundary violations, the secrets, and the impact on the young woman who bore them. I loved this tale—“don’t tell anyone okay? Let this be our secret!”

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  • 2020-01-25

Don't Waste Your Time

This one rates a 3 overall from me strictly due to the narrator, Julia Whelan, who is simply amazing. Read or listen only if you are interested in rich people and their dysfunctional families.

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  • shelley
  • 2020-03-01

rich girl upset with selfish mother

In a 2 for one sale on audible, not worth even half price. This is an 8 hour whine by a girl who is completely in thrall to a selfish self-absorbed mother. As an adult she is telling the world the scandal when most of the people she would like to hold accountable are dead or dying. Poor baby, hope that you get more time on that glorious Cape Cod beach to stew in your own hurt.

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  • Derek cazier
  • 2019-10-28

A new favorite!!

Every so often I like to take a break from my typical book preference of fiction and/or suspense and instead listen/read a memoir or non fiction. But I am very picky and if it’s not immediately captivating I am bored and will find myself searching for a new book. The Glass Castle really started my love for dysfunctional family memoirs or incredible stories of survival against all odds. This one does not disappoint!!! You won’t be able to stop listening! And as always Julia Whelan hit it out of the park. Don’t let the summary fool you, this book isn’t just your run of the mill marital affair story! This is something else! And it’s a winner!!

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  • J. S. Benjamin
  • 2019-10-26

Real Life is Stranger than Fiction

This was an outstanding memoir, a real-life series of events than unfold with memorable characters and unbelievable plot turns set mostly against a summer backdrop that you can taste and smell. What I loved most about Wild Game was the thoughtful way the author recounts her own story, admitting her blind spots and the damage that holding on to her mother's secret took on her through the years. Once I started listening, I could not stop. Excellent work by narrator Julia Whelan.

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  • ginni naegle
  • 2019-10-20

In Love

Fantastic story and performance could not put this book down! So many lessons to learn.

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