“…but it’s (her childhood) not unpleasurable, although it is unhappy.”
Bad Blood is the autobiography of a Lorna Sage from early childhood in her grandparent’s house to her teens in her parent’s house to her twenties as a completely different woman. Sage takes us via lonely but nonetheless satisfying times spent in the countryside, and shows us how intelligence means next to nothing when it comes to dealing with family members.
Told as a memoir, Sage spends much of the story on her young childhood, lonely enough until her younger brother turned up-at which point it turned more lonely as her parents attention waned. She spends many a page, describing longs walks in fields; scaring her mother by being out so long and not returning for dinner. At the time it feels like the ultimate rebellion but 8 or so years later, her mother will understand the real rebellion lengths of her daughter. Her father loves the rebel in her; not wanting her to grow up like his mother-in-law, some might say he actively encourages her misbehaving to ensure she does not grow up a ‘good but boring’ girl.
“My father was appalled, but also triumphant.” (on her teenage pregnancy.)
Ultimately the story is one of family and the ties that bond us. But also the ties that make it all just that much harder. It is a story of generations; how they change, why they change and who’s to blame.
“…it’s the sense of an ending that’s timeless”