Biologically Bankrupt – Sins of the Fathers

Biologically Bankrupt
81 Pages

The biblical warning that the sins of the fathers are visited on the succeeding generations is nowhere better demonstrated than in Biologically Bankrupt. In this sprawling, eye-opening memoir, Adair Sanders explores the dysfunctional family relationships that led to years of abuse, failed relationships, depression, and alcoholism—and the remarkable redemption she found at her father’s deathbed. Set primarily in Chattanooga, Tenn., Biologically Bankrupt introduces readers to a memorable cast. There’s Little Dickie, Sanders’ father, who remains oddly attached to his mother, rails against gays, blacks, and Catholics, and maniacally controls the lives of his wife and children. Sanders’ brother fails to do much of anything after high school glory days, but remains emotionally and financially dependent on their father even as he emulates the abuse with his own family. Sanders’ mother attempts to leave her marriage but remains trapped - and endures a lifetime of disappointment. Then there’s Sanders’ first husband, whose physical beatings give way to emotional attacks just as harsh. And that’s just for starters. Through it all, Sanders traces the lineage of broken relationships back to her profoundly imperfect father’s relationship with his mother. And it is through this understanding of seemingly illogical callousness that she finally learns to accept the man and his faults. Frank, heartfelt and unflinchingly real, Biologically Bankrupt peels back the layers of family bonds and Southern society while it reveals essential truths about sexual repression, racism, class-consciousness, love, and abuse.


About ADAIR SANDERS (Asheville, North Carolina Author)


Adair Sanders was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in an era where girls of a certain social class were expected to marry well and never work. Exhibiting her penchant for being contrary, Adair left the confines of an all-girl education to pursue a psychology degree and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. For the next thirty years - give or take a few - Adair enjoyed disproving the agenda her parents had designed for her, becoming the first female member of a men's dining club in Knoxville, Tennessee and then the first female partner in an old-line law firm in Jackson, Mississippi all the while, more or less successfully, balancing a home life of husband and children. Yes, honey, you can have it all.

After the death of her father in 2007, Adair felt called to write the story of her family's generational dysfunction. Although still practicing law, Adair spent her evenings writing, and thus was birthed her first book, a memoir, aptly entitled Biologically Bankrupt. Three years later, having exited her firm in early retirement (an act which greatly peeved many of her male partners), Adair decided to take a dialogue writing class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Low and behold, two days into the week-long class, Allison Parker, trial lawyer extraordinaire, made her appearance known to Adair, and the rest is history.

As Sick As Our Secrets, An Allison Parker Mystery, was released at the end of 2010, inviting the reader to follow the spunky Alabama lawyer as she uncovers a delicious trail of sex, blackmail and murder. Book two in the mystery series, What Comes Around, was released in December 2015. Fans will find it hard to put down this thriller as Allison and an F.B.I. task force race the clock to stop a serial killer. The third book in the series, Ashes to Ashes, was released in December 2016. A killer has made one attempt on Frank Martin - will he or she make another, or find a second target. Book four in the series, as yet untitled, is due for your reading pleasure in 2018.