Wild Game - Adrienne Brodeur

Wild Game

By Adrienne Brodeur

  • Release Date: 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 446 Ratings



“Exquisite and harrowing.”
New York Times Book Review

“This electrifying, gorgeously written memoir will hold you captive until the last word.” —People

NAMED A BEST FALL BOOK BY People * Refinery29 * Entertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * NPR’s On Point * Town & Country * Real Simple * New York Post * Palm Beach Post * Toronto Star * Orange Country Register * Bustle * Bookish * BookPage * Kirkus* BBC Culture* Debutiful

A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.

On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. 
Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms.  

Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.


  • Intoxicating

    By tttttttttayyy
    Just like this family’s penchant for cocktails, I could not put this book down. I read it easily in two days and loved every page. Like any girl, it reminded me of my own relationship with my mother, but also gave me a look into different family circumstances. Relatable, but new and captivating. Well written, I would recommend it to women of any age.
  • Palpable

    By deborahwr
    I thought it would be an easy read “chick book” and I was pleasantly surprised. It was an easy read but much deeper and multifaceted than expected-I wanted to keep going back and reliving parts of the story. Her descriptions of the food, the occasional dysfunction and the beauty of Cape Cod were truly touching.
  • Wild Game

    By Readingbythesea
    They say “everyone has a book in them” and Andrienne had it. The look into her life is well written the story is sad with an end you can take as happy and/or sad. Loved it
  • Powerful

    By JillllllyyyT
    Unbelievably powerful, raw and real. I wish I could thank the author for sharing her story with us in such a poised, direct way. Incredibly written. I devoured every word.
  • Wonderful

    By Billy in Vermont
    Hard to put this book down once you start. The memoir is very well written, the story real and powerful. Highly recommend it.