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Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.

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The story of how a boy was abandoned by his mother and how he, later, abandoned her. The year he'll be 14, the parents of Augusten Burroughs (1965- ) divorce, and his mother, who thinks of herself as a fine poet on the verge of fame, delivers him to the eccentric household of her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. During that year, Augusten avoids school, keeps a journal, and practices cosmetology. His mother's mental illness worsens, he takes an older lover, he finds friendship with Finch's younger daughter, and he's the occasional recipient of gifts from an unlikely benefactor. Can he survive to come of age? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Recortes de mi vida  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$226,108 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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$6,754,898 (USA) (17 November 2006)
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Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs. See more »

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In 1978 the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" was being shown on the TV in Dr. Finch's house. The show was cancelled in 1971 an wasn't shown in reruns on cable until the 80's. See more »

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Augusten Burroughs: I'm gay.
Natalie: Big deal.
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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29 October 2006 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

I have read 2 of Agustine Bourroughs novels and I was, frankly, a little afraid that this one might be ruined by being re-cast as a movie. With this story in the hands of this director and this cast, my fears were groundless: it translated beautifully. I am sure that this is in no small part due to Burroughs personal involvement in the production, but greater authors have had their work ruined right under their noses, so it is a credit to both Author and creative staff that the engaging story remains intact. I think it gives a truthful depiction of what it is like to grow-up with mental illness in the family and also presents a metaphor for the craziness and dysfunction which is, at some level, in every family. The cast was all superb, especially Annette Benning and Jill Clayburgh. Joseph Cross and Joseph Fiennes were equally superb -- in fact, EVERYONE was so good I almost don't want to single anyone out. I will recommend this movie to friends.


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