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Between Here and April

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,365 ratings  ·  256 reviews
When a deep-seated memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child—shocking revelations about April's mother, Adele.

Elizabeth, now herself a mothe
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Algonquin Books
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About halfway through, I realized I was really reading for plot more than anything. I really really disliked the main character, even more so as various revelations came out. She was passive and doing so many damaging things to herself, and not confronting her own truths. There were too many threads going on here, and not enough focus. We also learn that all men are evil workaholics with nasty tempers, and all women are depressive, neurotic and unappreciated. (Um, NO. You clearly need to get out ...more
Sep 27, 2008 rivka rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mothers, especially those who have or had difficulty coping when their kids are/were small
Well-written and structurally sound, Between Here and April unfolds gradually, like a flower opening or like peeling an onion.

Motherhood is a very difficult thing, and as the book notes, we learn parenting from our own parents -- even though they and their parenting may well have been flawed and damaged. So the bad gets passed on along with the good . . . be it postpartum depression, lack of coping skills, garden-variety depression, marital tensions, or all of the above.

Intense and shocking, yet
Elizabeth, a journalist and mother, is one evening jolted by the memory of a friend from first grade who one day "disappeared" from school. She embarks on a journey to find out what happened to the girl, April, and is forced to explore issues such as postpartum depression, patriarchal bias, and filicide. As she digs deeper into April's story, parallels to her own life and relationships, with her mother, her daughters and her husband, become clear. The result is a story that is both Elizabeth's, ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Lisa by: More magazine
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Funny...a number of my friends (who usually enjoy the same books as I) rated this book very low - where I enjoyed it so much - I had a very hard time putting it down. The protagonist, when haunted by a memory of an early childhood friend who disappeared from her life, starts investigating the 35-year old story. From the book jacket, "Elizabeth's exploration thus leads her ultimately back to herself: her compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt, her desire for more out of her career and he ...more
Bj Jersey
I really enjoyed this novel. It was a little creepy that I was the same age as the main character. The main character was a little annoying at times but that may be my issue because I tend to not like a lot of main characters in books. Lol. It was well written and was very realistic. It shines a light not only on postpartum depression but on the way it was and is treated. It does not justify the murder/suicide but helps you see inside her head a little. It is possible to disagree and sympathize ...more
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I am not sure why I was drawn to this book. Okay, I am sure. New book in a used book store. $2 price tag. And the fact that the name April was in the title didn't hurt. With words such as "haunting page turner" and "riveting novel that will haunt you" on the back synopsis, I dove in unsure of what to expect.

Elizabeth Burns is the mother of two, a journalist, a wife, a daughter: a woman trying to successfully juggle and wear many different masks throughout the day. And she is having a hard time.
I expected Between Here and April to be more of a detective story instead of an intense fictional look at the darker side of motherhood, including post-partum depression and psychosis. Anyone who's ever read an article about a woman who has harmed her children, and thought "How could a mother ever do that?" may find some insight in this book.

The protagonist in the book is a mom of two, juggling a freelance career with her struggling marriage and the chaos of young children. When she begins havin
"People wanted to know the truth. Even if it hurt.",

Regarding this review & my relative understanding of the book, I offer because of the other reviews I have read; 1) I am a male, a happily married (and I certainly believe my wife of 10 years feels the same) father of 2 beautiful girls, 2) my wife had severe postpartum depression after the first of our girls was born, & I knew nothing of the condition until that time 3) I seemed to experience some sort of depression related to the birth
I don't know if it's really news to anyone any more that motherhood isn't always sunshine and rainbows and butterflies - and I think we're lucky to be living in a time when that's more out in the open. It can be a struggle for many of us at times, and for some it's a challenge that may just be too much.

Elizabeth Burns' viewing of a production of Medea triggers a memory of her childhood friend April Cassidy, who was rumored to have been killed by her own mother in a murder/suicide. Once it comes
This book is built around Elizabeth's search to find the truth about what happened to April, her first grade friend who disappeared from school one day. At the time, Elizabeth couldn't get an explanation from her teacher, and her mother was too busy with a new baby and her own issues to really notice that Elizabeth's friend was gone. The truth of what happened isn't too hard for Elizabeth to find out as an adult. After all, when a mother kills herself and her two daughters, there are newspapers ...more
Thought provoking story about a woman in crisis. Her marriage is crumbling, her career is in stuck in limbo, and she is haunted by the death of her childhood friend. As she uncovers the truth behind her friend's death, she discovers that she has a lot more in common with her friend's mother than she would care to admit. A woman who committed a horrific crime: taking the lives of her two children and her own. This story really resonates. As a society, we are so quick to judge people, their lives, ...more
Christine Chapman
Absolutely wonderful. The book is written by a journalist who shares her struggle with settling for entertainment/pop journalism over the more high-risk and high-paced reporting in war zones when she has children. The book weaves stories of her childhood and the death of a friend whose own mother killed her and her sister while taking her own life. She honestly tells the story of generations of women who have struggled with misunderstood maternal psychosis and stereotypes of "good" women from mu ...more
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Samantha Williams
It's a wonderful book! I love the way it's written and I just couldn't put it down!
I got sucked into the story right away... and then I kind of wavered with the introduction of Renzo... and was wondering where it was going and thought it went off track but it quickly came back into focus and I enjoyed the book. Even though it was a disturbing topic. The ending did leave some unanswered questions but it was an acceptable ending... It is hard for any Mom to find those empathetic feelings for someone who takes the life of their children or knowingly puts them in harms way... howe ...more
The author of the memoir SHUTTERBABE uses her experience as a journalist in this novel about the difficulty of being a mother whose husband is a workaholic. The novel is cleverly constructed and leads one to think about the agony of post partum depression. The story within a story is gripping and upsetting.
Eileen Granfors
This is the story of a troubled marrriage and troubled motherhood aligned with an investigation into a murder-suicide. Engrossing page turner if a little facile in evidence.
I couldn't put this down up until Elizabeth decides to write Adele's story I was enthralled and then it lost me. Elizabeth, a journalist, decides to delve into the death of her childhood friend, April and uncovers a story not too much unlike her own but with hopefully a different outcome. Is when she decided to fictionalize April's mother Adele's story that it seems to fall flat. Which is a shame because up until that point the real story is so much better. But so be it. This was still a good st ...more
never again.
I found this book quite compelling and, at the same time, troubling.

Although I am not a mother myself -- and motherhood is the fulcrum upon which both the plot and theme rest -- I think I understand what the narrator and Adele (the mother of her former elementary school friend, April), were experiencing. Yet I could not entirely relate to Elizabeth -- the narrator -- and, at times (not often, though) even found her not completely believable. Her interest in Adele and what happened to April were
The central charater in this novel is Elizabeth Burns, a journalist and a mother, who is trying desperately to manage the demands and desires of both. Frustrated both with the demands of her home life, as well as with the path her career has taken, Elizabeth tries to revitalize both by investigating the murder of her elementary school best friend, April. April mysteriously disappeared from school in first grade, and it was never entirely clear to 6 year-old Elizabeth precisely what had happened. ...more
If you read the back cover blurb of Deborah Copaken Kogan's Between Here and April, you get the impression you're about to embark on a mystery thriller. That's somewhat of a deception. In reality, Kogan uses a brief murder mystery to address much larger issues.

In Between Here and April, Elizabeth Burns is a journalist and married mom of two daughters. She's struggling with the demands and desires of both career and family, and she feels like she's sinking. When a memory from her childhood sudden
Author Deborah Copaken Kogen approaches the controversial, and emotionally charged, topics of depression and filicidal homicide, as well as the slightly less dubious subject of marital discourse, in her novel "Between Here and April". The theme is dark and loathsome but the book is still captivating, and an enjoyable read.

Kogan draws the reader into the tale with likeable main characters and an easy style of writing. From reading the book jacket we already know what story will unfold within the
3.0 out of 5 stars Maternal filicide....., September 8, 2008

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I thought this book was OK. I was hoping for more of a thriller given the premise that Elizabeth wants to solve the mystery of what happened to her friend April back when they were best friends in first grade. Not sure exactly how the memory "came" to her, but it was triggered and Elizabeth soon begins a very obsessive ques
Ellen Keim
A masterful depiction of what motherhood can do to you psychologically. The main character is working on a documentary about a woman who killed her two daughters along with herself while she (the main character) herself is going through a crisis about what being a mother means to a marriage, a career, and an independent life.

I read this book in one sitting. It's not a long book (276 pages) but it also moved quickly and I couldn't put it down. At first the book seems to be about Elizabeth Burns'
Ron Charles
What could be better than working as a daredevil photojournalist, jetting around the world's hotspots and sleeping with alluring strangers?

Motherhood, of course. Forget fame, danger and sex: Nothing compares with the thrill of tucking little ones into bed after supper.

Or so Deborah Copaken Kogan told us in Shutterbabe, her wild 2001 memoir of capturing war photos and male booty. Fresh out of Harvard, this Potomac, Md., native ventured into Afghanistan, Bucharest and the Soviet Union during some
I chose this book for the interesting premise of an adult recalling the disappearance of an old school mate and how the memory of that girl's having been murdered by her suicidal mother begins to interfere with her daily life. Like some other reviewers, I thought there would be a lot more mystery as to what actually happened to Elizabeth's schoolmate April. Turns out there was no mystery as to what happened, and the main character, Elizabeth, knew as a child what happened. She had just suppresse ...more
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