You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

by Vivian St George • Member { View Profile }
Photograph: Photo: Peter Ardito

In her debut memoir, Sellers describes a harrowing childhood: Her mom was an impoverished paranoid schizophrenic, her dad a cross-dresser. Adding to those challenges was Sellers’s inability to recognize faces, even those of the people she knew. Decades later, buoyed by the love of a good man, she decides to make peace with her parents. Their reunion sheds light on the depth of a daughter’s love; it also leads Sellers to a ­diagnosis of her condition—prosopagnosia, or face ­blindness—while turning up different, darker insights about her marriage. But even in the midst of divorce, Sellers is resilient: “If I could love these people,” she writes of her family, “who could I not love?”

Originally published in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of More.

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