Susan McCorkindale quit her high paying job to move onto farmland with her husband and two sons. They left the comfort of the suburbs of New Jersey for the vast open spaces of a farm in Virginia. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl is supposed to be about this transition.
I thought this was going to be a fun, witty book about a clueless city girl who struggles with the basics of living in the country. Instead, this is a book where McCorkindale whines about everything. It becomes obvious that McCorkindale was a privileged New York City snob who looks down on her new neighbors for not wearing the high priced designer styles that she does. She makes fun of her husband for learning everything he can about farming, even going to farm shows, while she just sits around and complains about the lack of Starbucks.
In the beginning of the story, McCorkindale even admits that she shirked all her responsibilities at work to her employees and spent most of her time wasting time in the office. She basically sat around all day, tried not to wrinkle her $700 skirts, and collected a paycheck. Yet she insists the job was wearing her out.
I thought once they left the big city lifestyle, she would relax, realize how shallow she had been in New York, and gradually morph into a farm girl that works hard alongside the family she adores. I was wrong. She spends the rest of the book complaining about the lack of spas, coffee shops, and upscale designer stores. It is obvious that the big city life she claims she was weary of is the life she wants back.
While trying to be funny, McCorkindale uses an unnecessary number of subtexts that is incredibly distracting. These footnotes take away from the story she was originally telling and the points could have been worked in better. In the beginning, it is understandable that she explains corporate magazine lingo as subtext but after that it becomes another annoying part of her story telling.
This book, like McCorkindale’s personality, lacks depth. This ‘memoir’ is just page after page of her insulting everyone around her. If you are looking for a contemporary, funny, well-written memoir, don’t look for Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl. There are many other memoirs out there that are worth the time and are actually humorous.
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