The Butterfly House (Mira)
- Preston's elegant prose style results in a "lit-lite" type of editorial.
- Preston currently edits and publishes Byline, a small press trade magazine for writers.
- She lives with her husband beside a creek in...more
This book is also proof that you can have more than one mother...
This book is also proof that if you love someone, no matter what you go through or how mad they make you, you can find your way back to eachother. Forgiveness is imminent when you are soul mates. Ahh! Such a beautiful story!
The Butterfly House follows Roberta (Bobbie) Lee living her life in the present day and flashing back to her childhood. Bobbie had a difficult upbringing having a alcoholic mother, a small shabby home and an absent father but she does have one best friend who brightens her days, Cynthia (Cincy) Jaines, she also has an absent father but her mother is fantastic and Bobbie warms to Lenora probably more than she should, both having a love of butterflies they work together on a pr...more
Bobbie doesn't know her father, and she's being raised by an alcoholic mother who sometimes loves her, and sometimes doesn't. When they move to a new town, she meets Cincy and her mot...more
Though enjoyable, th...more
I am now done with this story and I stayed up till 3am to finish it. The author's words flow like silk, and I find that the drama was very believable. For those reviewers who don't believe that something like this can happen- well good on you-as you have been...more
However, once the story got going, I was more interested. I couldn't really relate to Roberta, the main character, and became slightly frustrated with her at times. I also felt like the book was lacking in some descriptions of the past. Roberta was in a mental health instituation...more
The text is totally honest with no fluff and I liked that about this book. The characters were believable and you totally care about them. At one point in the story, Bobbie takes a train journey alone and instead of a cliche ridden account - such as muggers, men takin...more
This book featured topics that are great for discussion, i.e. homosexuality, single moms, alcoholism, murder, cancer. The author did an outstanding job with keeping the pages turning, while the words themselves were clever. While the book could get into tear jerker territory rather quickly, it also has its funny points. In parti...more
It's a story of two friends who rail against their mothers, and absent fathers, while searching how to define themselves. We start in the present and walk back into the past to see how everything unraveled.
An okay beach read.
This is the story of 2 young girls, Bobbie and Cynthia, who are best friends and also of their mothers. It's a book about friendship and tragedy and forgiveness and so much more besides.
To be honest, if I hadn't had this recommended to me I would never have picked it but I'm so glad I did as it blew me away. Highly recommended.