For fans of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and LetΓÇÖs Pretend This Never Happened,comedian and Emmy AwardΓÇôwinning writer Sara SchaeferΓÇÖs hilariously honest memoir follows SaraΓÇÖs trip through the Grand Canyon with her sister that causes her to reflect on her childhood and the scandal that changed her family forever. When Sara Schaefer is in first gradeher father warns her to always tell the truth because one lie leads to another and soon you will find yourself in a hole you canΓÇÖt escape. A few years laterthe Schaefer family is completely upended when itΓÇÖs revealed that their grand life is based on a lie. Her parents become pariahs in their upper middle class community and go from non-religious people to devout church members. The idea of good and evil as binaryopposed forces is drilled into Sara and it becomes the perfect framework on which to build her anxiety and increasingly-obsessive thoughts. The year she turns fortySara decides to take each member of her family on a one-on-one vacation culminating with a whitewater rafting journey through the Grand Canyon with her younger sister. The only problem is sheΓÇÖs terrified of rafting. Along the wayshe grapples with unresolved grief over the death of her mother and the family scandal that changed the trajectory of her life. Heartfeltcandidand wittyGrand is a story about familyidentityand struggling to make something of yourself. Sara deconstructs her struggles with anxiety and depressionwhat it means to be a good personand the radically discordant stories we tell ourselves and share with the world.
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