March 29, 2011

Review: Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows


A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold

Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.

There are times when I pick up a book and I am transported to another world.  When this happens, I am in a trance and cannot come to until the book is finished.  That's how it was while reading MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.  It's unforgettable with it's emotionally charged plot and raw characters.  This is the perfect book to give your mom for Mother's Day.

978-0805093834
March 29, 2011
272 pages

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