Never trust a man on the subject of his own parents. As tall and basso as a man might be on the outside, he nevertheless sees his parents from the perspective of a tiny child, still, and will always. And the unhappier his childhood was, the more arrested will be his perspective on it. She's learned this through sheer experience.
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (New York: Little, Brown & Co., Hachette Book Group, 2009) (Kindle location 16127)