As Good as I Could Be (Paperback)
A Memoir about Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times
Washington Square Press, 9780671034986, 192pp.
Publication Date: May 2, 2002
By relating the trials and triumphs of raising a daughter and a son Cheever illuminates some basic truths learned along the way: a family should not be a democracy; teaching your children to celebrate their mistakes helps them forgive yours; and a damaged childhood is not a guarantor of bad parenting. With unflinching honesty, Cheever tackles tantrums, divorce, eating disorders, and alcoholism, celebrating how she and her kids have weathered all this -- and more -- with love and respect intact.
Praise For As Good as I Could Be: A Memoir about Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times…
It is Cheever's ability to dive suddenly from the surface to the deeper places of the soul.
Los Angles Herald Examiner
Out of the pain of real life, Susan Cheever has created a document that is ultimately a paean to family love.
The New York Times Book Review
Cheever's writing has true resonance.