If you read one book this year, make it this one!
What the sleeve says:
A mother comes to visit her daughter in hospital after having not seen her in many years. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront her past, uncovering long-buried memories of a profoundly impoverished childhood; and her present, as the facade of her new life in New York begins to crumble, awakening her to the reality of her faltering marriage and her unsteady journey towards becoming a writer. From Lucy’s hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories – however painful – that bind a family together.
This is a beautifully written narrative of woman with a very complicated relationship with her mother. Through her stunted and sometimes uncomfortable conversations and interactions with her emotionally unavailable mother, we get a glimpse into an impoverished and neglected young Lucy with suggestions of abuse and the ramifications on her current life and indeed her future.
I can only describe this an emotional and beautiful book and give it a 4.5 Dublin Mummy rating.
Have you read it? Did you love or loathe it? Let me know in the comments and if you have any good book recommendations i would love to hear them.
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Joyce Poggi Hager said:
I thought this book was just okay and wouldn’t recommend it. I think Amy and Isabelle was a better book by Strout yet it didn’t garner as much attention.
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I will put Amy and Isabelle on my reading list , thanks for the recommendation