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Never Simple: A Memoir

Never Simple: A Memoir

by Liz Scheier

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Never Simple reminded me why I love memoirs. I couldn’t stop turning the pages as Liz Scheier unraveled the type of family mystery I’d expect in a movie (and I would definitely watch a movie adaptation of this, especially with the actress Scheier mentions in the book—I won’t spoil it for you).

Liz Scheier’s darkly funny and touching memoir—with shades of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and Mira Bartók’s The Memory Palace—of growing up in ’90s Manhattan with a brilliant, mendacious single mother

Scheier’s mother Judith was a news junkie, a hilarious storyteller, a fast-talking charmer you couldn’t look away from, a single mother whose devotion crossed the line into obsession, and—when in the grips of the mental illness that plagued every day of her life—a violent and abusive liar whose hold on reality was shaky at best. On an uneventful afternoon when Scheier was eighteen, her mother sauntered into the room to tell her two important things: one, she had been married for most of Scheier’s life to a man she’d never heard of, and two, the man she’d told Scheier was her father was entirely fictional. She’d made him up. Those two big lies were the start, but not the end; it took dozens of smaller lies to support them, and by the time she was done she had built a farcical, half-true life for the two of them, from fake social security number to fabricated husband.

One hot July day twenty years later, Scheier receives a voicemail from Adult Protective Services, reporting that Judith has stopped paying rent and is refusing all offers of assistance. That call is the start of a shocking journey that takes the Scheiers, mother and daughter, deep into the cascading effects of decades of lies and deception.

Never Simple is the story of learning to survive—and, finally, trying to save—a complicated parent, as feared as she is loved, and as self-destructive as she is adoring.



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ISBN-13: 9781250823120
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 10,657
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Liz Scheier is a former Penguin Random House editor who worked in publishing and content development for many years, including at Barnes&Noble and Amazon. She writes book reviews and feature articles for Publishers Weekly. She is now a product developer living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, two small children, and an ill-behaved cat. Never Simple is her first book.
Liz Scheier is a former Penguin Random House editor who worked in publishing and content development for many years, including at Barnes&Noble.com and Amazon. She writes book reviews and feature articles for Publishers Weekly. She is now a product developer living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, two small children, and an ill-behaved cat. Never Simple is her first book.

Table of Contents

Preface: Liars xiii

1 The Man Who Wasn't There 1

2 Yorkville on My Mind 6

3 The Kids Are Alright 19

4 That's Mow the Light Gets In 40

5 Launched 56

6 Selling for Scrap 79

7 Breaking It Off 90

8 Switching Teams 114

9 Father Figure 128

10 Hitched 149

11 That's Why They Call It Labor 158

12 A Room Full of Men 179

13 The Apple and the Tree 186

14 Gimme Shelter 210

15 Detritus 217

16 Mermaid Manor 229

17 Checking In 233

18 I Lift Up My Eyes 247

Acknowledgments 269

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