The author's focus is on herself. She describes the passive, bewildered preteen on whom both her brother and sister inflict damaging, at times violent, behavior. She picks out the forgotten child of parents too preoccupied with the problems of their older, mentally ill offspring. And she profiles the adult, given to self-destructive behavior that is traceable to her psychological development in an environment distorted by both the presence and the insufficiently explained absences of her brother and sister. Oddly, the views Simon presents of her brother and sister are without much depth, as she examines them largely for what they did to her.