This story is told through the eyes of child during the depression and a grown woman in present day. The stories of these two unfold at the same pace switching back and forth between the two time periods. I like this method of story telling and the writing is wonderful. I really liked this book and the characters, but it is very sad in many ways and the 'orphans' were neglected and abused, so those parts were hard to read. Even so, I would highly recommend this book!
I listened to this book on CD from the library and to be honest, I almost gave up on it a couple of times. It is a well told story but the main character is so depressed it made me feel sad. Once I was finally finished listening to it, I really regretted the time I spent on it. This is story of a woman who chose the wrong man to marry and how the rest of her life was affected. She had eleven children with him and every single day was a struggle and heartbreak. She took her frustrations out on her children and they all suffered in different ways because of it. I found no hope or lesson learned much less any sort of happy ending to her story or those of any of her children. I have no doubt this book contains important truths about both society and mental health, but I would not recommend it.
This was my very first BOTM club choice for my January. Now, I have my February and March books still waiting, but it's not a race, right? I love the style and narrative of this book. It takes place in the Caribbean through the eyes of two brothers. Maybe it was because I lived in the Caribbean for a year, but I totally felt transported to the sights and sounds and rhythm of the islands. I heard the voices and could sense the attitude of island life and how the boys both embraced and struggled with it. It was a real page turner for me even if it did get kind of dark and twisty in places, and I'm so glad I read it.
This book was the free choice I received in January at the beginning of my BOTM membership. I've heard mixed reviews on it so I started it with an open mind. I was immediately hooked by the fact that the main character was raised in a small town in LA and now lives in Atlanta. Whoa, that's alot of geographical coincidences with my life! I am only half way through this book and it's not at all what I imagined. Lots of twists and turns but I'm enjoying it.
I really need help finding some more uplifting books! I have had an overabundance of sad or tragic stories and I need something happy! Please leave suggestions in the comments if you know of something that might be a bit more cheerful of a read.
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