Showering a child in the wrong kind of love

Showering a child in the wrong kind of love
Ariel Leve: her memoir is a tale of a childhood where the parent and child often swapped places Picture: Stefan Ruiz

Memoir; An Abbreviated Life: A Memoir; By Ariel Leve; Harper Books, €25.25

On the surface, at least, Ariel Leve led an impossibly privileged and glamorous existence as a youngster. Dividing her time between New York ’s salubrious Upper East Side where her mother lived, and Thailand, where her father was based, Leve’s young life was a whirlwind of devoted nannies and literati members.

Her mother (named here as Suzanne), was a famed feminist, documentary-maker and poet, profiled by People magazine and befriended by Saul Bellow, Philip...

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