Running Back To Ludie
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Running Back To Ludie

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The narrator of these bittersweet verses hasn't seen her mother in years. She lives with her father and aunt and studies old photographs of Ludie, clinging to distant memories of strolls on winter days. But now she's going to see her mother again, to stay with her for a few days in her cabin in the woods. She is finally going to discover how it feels to be her mother's dau...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Orchard (first published 2001)
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It read like a first draft that needed more detail. It felt too short for me to connect to it. Basically a young teen wants to know the mother who left her. Finally she is allowed to visit and it isn’t as exciting as it seemed. But she’s happy to have made a connection. Now she won’t think of a blank when someone says mother, now she has Ludie. Ludie is portrayed as dysfunctional from the point of view of the girl, but you have to wonder why she would not only leave her daug...more
This is really a very, very brief snapshot of a young girl rekindling her relationship with an absentee mother. But because it's so brief, it really only scratches the emotional surface. One of the strengths of a novel in verse is how deeply you can get into a character's heart. I missed that here. But what can you expect from less than 50 pages? I think it just needed more space to blossom.
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