Title: I’ll Scream Later
Author: Marlee Matlin
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Marlee Matlin is an Oscar-winning actress who also happens to be deaf. This is her memoir about her life which includes her tumultuous relationship with actor William Hurt, her drug-filled early years in show business and her recovery, and the joys and difficulties of being deaf.
I didn’t know much about Marlee Matlin before picking up her memoir. I saw and loved her on The West Wing, which is the reason I was interested in this book. I also knew she was deaf and that she’d won a Best Actress Oscar at a young age. I had no idea what kind of crazy life she’d led until I started reading I’ll Scream Later.
This was definitely a tell-all book. There were parts where I was horrified, parts where I was completely shocked, and parts where I was just in disbelief. However, throughout the book, I really admired Marlee for her bravery. I can only imagine how difficult it was for her to relive some of these memories, much less write about them in a book that was going to be read by the general public.
Additionally, Marlee’s relationship with the deaf community is both incredibly interesting and really sad. Since she is one of the most prominent deaf people in Hollywood, she is both loved and vilified by the deaf community. Everything she does is scrutinized and often criticized. She has been such an activist for the community (if you don’t believe me, follow Marlee on Twitter – her new cause is trying to get Netflix to caption their Watch Instantly streaming movies), so it’s sad that she hasn’t found acceptance with them.
However, I’ll Scream Later also has its flaws. The editing is poor, and as a result it makes the book less fun to read. It didn’t really flow naturally. Additionally, when Marlee chronicles the people in Hollywood she’s met, it sounds a lot like name-dropping.
I’ll Scream Later was an interesting read, despite the problems I had with it. It can be slow and frustrating at times, especially when Marlee is discussing her relationship with William Hurt, but it’s incredibly honest and is an interesting read.