Tucked in a moldering old mansion in East Hampton, two socialites, once glowing and filling the room with their presence, think about the past and resents it. It's a brilliant testimony on what the secluded lives of two forgotten, lonely women went through, and how their dreams came true, through hardship: Edith wanted to stay in the house that belonged to her and where she felt at home. However, Eddie desired to become a singer or actress and didn't crave at all a married existence.
It is their hopes, dreams, mistakes, and oddly yet seducing ideas that we discover here. The writing style allows us to walk through the crumbling mansion once named Grey Gardens, and sit with the Eddies in order to give them company. Beneath the regrets, wrinkles, and sass, are hidden strong personalities coppering with their mental health in a disputable yet fascinating way.
I've loved learning more about Lois, which showed that the Beales weren't as isolated as one might think and that the friends they've made during those years at Grey Gardens had definitely more in common with them than their own family members and socialites friends.
The book feels like a family reunion and a sad tale about dependence, which are the actual themes the original documentary by the Maysles brothers conveyed.
Rating system: 4 out of 5 shawls