Jesse Kornbluth, HEAD BUTLER & 20SomethingReads
“The memoir of the year.
I’d bet you’ll agree.
If you read it.
Is “Barefoot to Avalon” sad? Try heartbreaking. And not just because David Payne’s 42-year-old brother, George A., dies in a crash in 2000 as he’s helping David drive his possessions to his new home — that’s just the disaster that inspired the book. There are more. Many more: the entire history of the Payne family.
These are damaged people who wreck their lives and wound their kids. The people who come after them swear they’re going to be different. Then they fall into the same destructive behavior.
And it’s not just the Paynes.
Reading about them, you can’t help but think about your own family….
For the sake of all who are precious to you, people, read this book.”