The Lost Mother
Henry Talcott, an itinerant worker, ta ...more
Now, to this book: it is not great literature. Not because it's sad, but because it's so implausibl ...more
First, the children represented acted their age. The older boy (12) does some nasty things to his sister (both verbal and physical) but you expect a kid that age to act out. You expect the sister to want pretty things to w ...more
It is the story of a broken family in depression era Vermont. Henry Talcott is left with his two children, 12 year old Thomas and 8 year old Margaret, after his wife Irene leaves them just after the death of her baby boy. They are put out ...more
As the story begins, it is summer, so it does not seem so terribly bad to have to live in a tent. The worst thing is missing their beautiful mother who just up and left one day, supposedly to work in a factory. The children are c ...more
From there, things only ...more
I read almost a 100 pages and not one good thing happened to these people
The page I ended with a little girls hair was on fire, her scalp burnt.
This book is manipulative and dull.
I really felt like my emotions were being toyed with for no reason.
The author is content instead of writing a good story to just heap piles of gloom onto the readers head.
What a waste of trees and time.
I used to think Ethan Frome was the worst, this comes in a close second
A perfect example of how children interpret the mysteries of adults. With what little information his dad has told him as to why his mother left his innocence paints a different story than the truth and he is determined to find his mother, either to bring her home o ...more
Interesting example of how children protect themselves from reality by twisting it and creating logical explanations for the explainable. The story just goes from bad to worse, then from worse to desperate. By the end it ...more
Thomas and Margaret are two children whose mother leaves them and Father cannot provide for them physically, emotionally or financially. They live in a tent and only have each other to hold themselves up. Local town’s people try you help them. It is a classic story of the cast system, how the gossip about town can tear people apart. The children drift fo ...more
The Lost Mother portrays the nightmarish lives of 2 children, 12 year old Thomas and his sister, 8 year old Margaret, who are forced to depend upon one another during the darkest days of the depression. The themes of family love, of emotional abuse, of violence done and the struggle to cont ...more
This was a beuatifully written book about a family in Vermont during the Depression. (shades of Steinbeck???) The mother abandons the father and 2 children -- and the book is primarily about the father and chidren's attempts to survive while hoping that mother will return.
It is often heart wrenching as the children try to fathom reasons mother left (the 12 year old son, especially, blames himself and when he is an ...more
Comparisons run wild in the world of art. Music labels try to convice eager listeners that they have discovered the next U2. Galleries are filled with the paintings of the next Picasso. And every publisher in the world has the next Harry Potter in the works. If a comparison can be made, it is exploited.
I'd like to say that I am beyond such corporate trickery. Unfortunately, everytime I come across "the next [insert favorite band, artist, author here]" I find myself disappointed. Sometimes they'r...more
Her books are noted for their depictions of mentally and emotionally impaired individuals who have difficulty coping with an inhospitable world.
As New York Times Book Review contributor Alice McDermott put it, “Morris does not devise plots, ...more