Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, 278 pages.

Tiffany Haddish's account of her life is both amazing and unique. She has had a surprisingly large amount of pain in her life. The accident that almost killed her mother, that led to Tiffany's stint in foster care, may have been part of a murder plot. That is unusual, and you know, might mess you up a bit. Part of the continued surprise of this book is that, as the author says and her co-writer states in the acknowledgements, Tiffany tells all the stories. She doesn't name names, but she does tell what happened, whether the stories present her in the best light or not. She tells the story of her marriage to an abusive stalker-ish ex-policeman, how he mistreated her, how he beat her, and she does a good job of explaining why she went back to him. Her account of her relationship with her co-worker Roscoe is also devastating, sad and, because she is telling the story, it's funny. The story of what she refers to as her most messed up relationship, with long time boyfriend Titus, is also a hilarious train-wreck. Train-wrecks, of course aren't funny. They're tragic. But if Tiffany Haddish was to tell you the story of a very tragic train-wreck, you would be laughing. A very interesting book. You really want everything to continue to work out for the author.

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