An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
Kimberly Rae Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house hid teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room—the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding.
In this dazzling memoir, Miller brings to life her experience growing up in a rat-infested home, hiding her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to her suicide attempt. In beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents, which has thrived in spite of the odds.
Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where you come from and understanding the relationships that define you. It is also a powerful story of recovery and redemption.
© 2013 by Kimberly Rae Miller
“Reality shows typically stay with hoarders only long enough to portray them as objects of pity or ridicule, but Miller’s story, Coming Clean, offers a uniquely nuanced look at her intelligent, loving, but broken father and the enduring effect his affliction has had on her and her long-suffering mother.”
“Harrowing. You root for [Miller]…and, at the end, you marvel at the capacity for human resilience.”
“Kimberly Rae Miller writes with insight about growing up the daughter of a hoarder in her family’s moldy, flea-infested home—and eventually overcoming her anger and shame.”
“In Kimberly Rae Miller’s memoir, Coming Clean, the writer doesn’t minimize the destruction the disorder causes families. But she uses her own experience to paint a much more compassionate and nuanced portrait of the illness than is usually shown on reality TV shows like Hoarders.”
“Miller renders her harrowing account without self-pity, and her empathy for her parents, as well as her refusal to treat the hoarding as a spectacle, allow space for redemption—both theirs and her own.”
“An engrossing, sympathetic exploration of living with hoarder parents.”
“Kimberly Rae Miller is a brave and gifted writer, and her insightful examination of her troubled relationship with her parents will speak to anyone who has every struggled to hide a family secret. Coming Clean is a standout coming-of-age memoir. A must read.”
Kjerstin Gruys, author of Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall
“Turn off the reality television and read Coming Clean, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir of growing up in a hoarding family that treats its subject with humanity and grace.”
Doreen Orion, author of Queen of the Road
Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer living in New York City. She has written for Yahoo!’s Shine, Figure magazine, and contributed to CBS.
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
- ISBN-13: 9781469283555