Now in paperback, the format for memoir, the story of a daughter coming to know her father at last ardent, sophisticated, and entirely winning this is a grown up memoir taut and true (The New York Times). PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, Reading My Father is the story of a daughter coming to know her father at last. A natural writer, fluid, and engaging (The Boston Globe), Alexandra Styron grew up in Connecticut and on Martha s Vineyard, where her family s vibrant social life included writers, presidents, and entertainers. She was raised under both the halo of her father s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. William Styron, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was a fascinating and difficult man whose own memoir, Darkness Visible, searingly chronicled his midlife battle with major depression.