Will the Drama Ever End? Untangling and Healing from the Harmful Effects of Parental Narcissism

Atria. Feb. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781982198732. $27.99. PSYCH
Trauma treatment specialist McBride (Will I Ever Be Free of You??) utilizes her 40-year experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist to educate and advise readers. Her book is split into three parts: information about narcissistic families and what those families look and feel like; the problems that children of narcissistic parents may experience; and the ways an adult child of narcissistic parents can approach healing and recovering from a difficult childhood. McBride uses anonymous client experiences to explain the family structures she is describing, while also offering compassion and understanding for anyone who has experienced such family difficulties. She also shares that she too had narcissistic parents.
VERDICT This book’s incisive look into family dynamics may interest those with and without narcissistic parents. Recommended for collections with a strong focus on family studies or self-help.
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