#SharedSecrets: Episode 5

What happens when you discover your father has a secret? Interview with Laurie Sandell


In this week’s episode of Shared Secrets, Laurie Sandell discusses the time she learned one doozy of a family secret—and opted to share it with the world.

Her book, The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir, details the lies her father told her family—lies that made my jaw drop as I turned the pages. I was so riveted by the story and by Laurie’s unabashed honesty, I finished reading it in one night. A bonus: The book is illustrated with her own cartoons.

In the podcast, I’ll ask Laurie how she unearthed the secrets she wasn’t sure she wanted to learn, and how she found the courage to tell the story. We’ll also chat about the ways in which all families harbor secrets and shame, and how telling the truth can set families free. And we’ll talk about single motherhood—we’re both single mothers by choice—and our desire to raise our children in an environment of honesty and truth.

More about Laurie Sandell: Laurie Sandell has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, New York, Real Simple and InStyle, among other publications. Her cartoons have appeared in Redbook, Glamour, New York and The Wall Street Journal. Her graphic memoir, The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir, was nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award in the Best Reality-Based Work category. Her second book, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, was published in October 2011. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.