A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. A woman returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells, Sue Monk Kidd, Olive Ann Burns, and Dorothy Allison. TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Mag...more
The author captures moments in the book, that come alive. Her description of the wild mountain child who gave birth to Virginia, the struggles of coping with outside interference are wonderful. Family life and stresses are intermingled with snippets of hope, fear, humour and r ...more
This most beautifully composed story belongs to Virgina Kate, although her narrative is strongly supported by a cast of vivid and memorable characters. Ther ...more
Early Reviewer copy
What can i say? This book was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I didn't want it to end, i wanted to keep reading , to follow the rest of Virginia Kates life.
Virginia Kate, along with her older brother Micah, younger brother Andy live with their Daddy Frederick and Momma Katie in West Virginia.
Their Momma and Daddy met when Grandma Faith invited Daddy to their house for supper . They were married shortly after but the hap ...more
While Tender Graces doesn't debunk that thought of mine, necessarily, it also provides perspective and sheds light on it. In spite of the sadness and depression (which is present everywhere), there ...more
I am not looking forward to trying to express how I feel about this book. To me, it was two books within the same cover. Two for the price of one.
One side of the book was a description of three children growing up in two homes. One home was one where the sense of feeling loved was in short supply; the other was one where a substitute mother gave unconditioned love and the three kids were given a chance to experience abundant living. The other side of the book was a study of personalities and th ...more
A West Virginia girl is sent to Lousiana to be raised by her father's new wife. One brother is already there. The other will soon join them.
The book starts with the mother's death. The heroine, how in her fifties, goes back to the Appalachian mountain where she spent her early life to try to reconcile her memories of her mother and her own life.
The story tells how her parents - a Shakespeare loving salesman and her wild mountain mother - met, courted, an ...more
В забытый Богом уголок, Западную Вирджинию, возвращается женщина, которая поклялась никогда не возвращаться в эти места, где ей выпало прожить как счастливые, так и не очень моменты детства. Вирджиния Кейт возвращается домой, чтобы попрощаться, простить и отпустить целый сонм призраков прошлого, одни из которых ангелами хранителями парят над горами ее родного края, а другие - тянут в темные глубины, в которые опускаться страшно, но ... приходится. Над горой играет свет, деревья шепчут и воспомин ...more
This is the story of a little girl named Virginia Kate. At the beginning of the story, she is an adult and returning to her childhood home of West Virginia. However, most of the story is set in Virginia Kate's growing up years. Throughout the story you learn about how she grew up with her mother and father and two brothers in their dysfunctional family. Her parents were alcoholics, among other things.
The book ...more
Tender Graces is more than a story of the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters. It is the story of a young girl named Virginia Kate, who overcomes great obstacles to discover who she is. Above all it is a story that teaches valuable lessons about what constitutes a family.
The presence of ghosts is a recurring theme as almost all of the characters a ...more
There were very heavy parts of t ...more
Characters: I loved how it went back and forth between present day Virginia, and memory Virginia. Although that became confusing at first, I realized the chapter would tell you at the beginning which year in time the book was in. Seeing the past through her memories made them that more real.
Setting: Both of her homes had ...more
Just wanted you to know I had downloaded your book, Tender Graces, a few weeks ago but with my work schedule I could only read a short bit at a time until this weekend. I have relaxed today losing myself in your story so powerfully and wonderfully weaved that it threw me back into time surrounding me with raw emotions of a family life who has done their best - having qualities of sacrifice and selfishness, compassion and greed, love and loss, decisions ...more
I believe this was the author's first book and the roughness of the writing showed that. It was a good story, but I found myself aware all too often that I was reading a story. A 4 or 5 star book makes you lose yourself in the content. The many, many references to TV and products of the day (1960's)and mannerisms of less-than-polite brothers appeared to me as "look at me, I can write a delightful, real book".
Virginia Kate is the only girl in a family filled with ...more
A beau ...more
I found myself frequently chuckling at Virginia Kate's childhood perceptions of many things including an embarrassing grandma, brothers ...more