Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wild Game is such an unbelievable tale, it’s easy to forget this book is nonfiction. In the opening pages, author Adrienne Brodeur recounts her mother Malabar waking her at 14 years old to tell her about a kiss… between her and her husband’s married best friend Ben. From then on, Brodeur serves as a confidante and accomplice in her mother’s secret. New York Times cooking writer Malabar and sportsman Ben even orchestrate the guise of creating a cookbook together as a reason to spend more time with one another. Both families are included in the recipe testing, and while the culinary descriptions are delightful, the lovers’ gall is enough to make a reader’s stomach turn.
This memoir describes Brodeur’s childhood and her relationship with her mesmerizing and narcissistic mother, as well as her process for coming to terms with it all.