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But For The Love Of My Father: A Memoir by Dr. Julia E. Antoine is a detailed autobiographical account of Julia’s life and follows the events in a chronological manner. Julia talks about her childhood home in the Caribbean Islands, her early years, her parents' background, growing up with her step-siblings as well as with her biological siblings, her mother’s abuse and neglect towards her, her relationship with her father with its ups and downs, her romantic life, her relationships with men, children, and more. Throughout the book, Julia revolves a number of life episodes and experiences around her father, with whom she shared a close relationship in her early years, although it did fluctuate after that. This is her life story.
But For The Love Of My Father is a well-written memoir penned in an easy, casual, candid style. I liked how Julia does not seem to hold back and writes openly about her abuse and her relationship with her mother. She also doesn’t hold back sharing her traumatic experiences, including her rape as a teenager. Through all this, it is gratifying to learn that she has been able to overcome these early obstacles and that, despite having no parenting role models, has obviously raised functional and well-adjusted children of her own. I also liked reading about some of the island life along the way, but the highlight of the book for me was Julia’s difficult experiences in her childhood that inspire hope in readers that sometimes things can turn out well despite abuse, trauma, or neglect.