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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story by Elizabeth Anne Wood is an honest memoir that takes readers on an emotional ride through the last eight months of her mother’s life. The author is a sociology professor who is startled when she discovers that her mother, who hasn’t been in a relationship for decades, has started seeing men who want to be dominated and who are into kinky sex — bound, sexually dominated, whipped… But the worst news is when her mom is diagnosed with cancer and it eventually develops into a condition that forces her to face her end.
The threads that bind the events together and establish the balance in this narrative are strong, and the author explores themes that are challenging — a mother’s different sex life, her terminal illness, and impending death. With unusual clarity, compassion, and candor, Elizabeth Anne Wood shares her relationship with her mother towards the end of her life and offers commentaries and insights into life that prompt readers to reflect on the quality of their own lives, some nagging social issues, and the health system. It is compelling and absorbing and the reader is drawn into the emotional roller-coaster, following the author as she deals with difficult choices, the hospital, and trying to make sense of the situation.
Woven into the memoir are thoughts and insights that will inspire readers to traverse uncertain moments of life with their feet planted on the ground. Elizabeth Anne Wood’s writing is crisp and engaging, her compassionate voice comes across as a powerful force in the story, and her ability to transform a real-life situation into an engaging story is exceptional. Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story is told with courage and utter honesty, inspiring and filled with humanity.