27) For National Parents Day- The best worst parents in fiction
Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris
This is a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family. Reading this book felt a bit like being stuck in asylum.
“Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother’s favorite. And he was a murderer.”
The mother of the story is a proud widow who has to raise three sons on her own. Her expectations from her sons lead to tragedy on so many levels. Every son has a different color of cloths he is supposed to wear.
As raising children goes some of the parenting solutions mother in the story employs are shudder worthy. There is food poisoning – intentional or not is debatable, some other punishments involving food, corporal punishment with cables, stress on presenting the children as special to other people for the purpose of rising above suburban mediocrity, ever present guilt trips,…
The story is written from the perspective of one of the sons. The story is crazy and it will have you running in circles to figure out what’s real and what’s not.