The Great Peace

Hachette. Jul. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780306874529. $28. MEMOIR
Actress Suvari (American Beauty; Six Feet Under) lays herself bare in this fearless and forthright memoir. Born in 1979, Suvari spent her early days in a palatial estate in Newport, RI, with her parents and older brothers. As a precocious child, she excelled in school but stumbled socially. Her memoir details with courage and candor the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered at the age of 12, a trauma that led her to self-medicate with marijuana and other drugs. After several moves, her family settled in Los Angeles so that Suvari could focus on acting and modeling. As she endured a series of abusive relationships and a growing drug addiction, Suvari found ways to access her emotional turmoil in the roles she played. This memoir chronicles the confusion, extravagance, and loneliness of her life in Hollywood. Using the wisdom that she’s gathered from excruciating breakups, near-death experiences, the loss of a parent, and more, Suvari proves to be an exceptionally strong narrator whose memoir will offer solace and companionship to readers who might feel isolated and alone.
VERDICT An honest and unadorned Hollywood confessional that casts a light on the darkness behind the scenes.
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