If you want to take a wild ride this fall, Fling by Lily Iona MacKenzie is the way to go! The chaos begins when Feather and her mother Bubbles decideIf you want to take a wild ride this fall, Fling by Lily Iona MacKenzie is the way to go! The chaos begins when Feather and her mother Bubbles decide to travel to Mexico together to pick up her grandmother’s ashes. As MacKenzie describes it, “traveling with her mum would mean lots of detours and curvas peligrosas—dangerous curves. Feather’s whole life has been like that, one curve after another. “
Besides the Keystone Cops aspect of almost every scene, we find the added attractions of time traveling and dead people coming back to life. MacKenzie uses the vehicle of raising Feather’s grandparents from the dead to relate events of the past that Feather never knew about.
In another passage MacKenzie describes a scene as “an episode of The Young and the Restless. Murder and mayhem! Arsenic and old lace? She always suspected more skeletons were rattling around in the family closet. This one’s a doozy.”
So if you’re looking for one doozy after another, read this book. You won’t be bored for a minute. ...more
Very powerful and inspiring, and graphic. Really a must read for everyone. If this man, Victor Frankl, could find meaning in his life while living inVery powerful and inspiring, and graphic. Really a must read for everyone. If this man, Victor Frankl, could find meaning in his life while living in a concentration camp, anyone can....more
I love survival memoirs and this is certainly one of the best I’ve read. It resonated with me and touched me in many ways: the author and I both grewI love survival memoirs and this is certainly one of the best I’ve read. It resonated with me and touched me in many ways: the author and I both grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, we were both children of immigrant parents – hers from Russia, mine from Lithuania and Poland. And most important of all we both had to find a way to grow up and thrive while our mothers were never themselves. The author’s mother suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and depression, my mother battled with possible manic depression (undiagnosed). Her mother attempted suicide several times; my mother constantly threatened it. We both had adored older brothers who essentially left us with the burden of our mothers. And we grew up at a time when adults kept secrets from their children so we never really knew, but always suspected, what was really going on in our homes. Yet, despite it all, we both went on to get educated even though we were “girls,” get married, and have families and careers, deciding not to live an invisible life like many other women of our generation.
In fact Linda Appleman Shapiro, says, “As difficult as my childhood was, I see it now as a gift from which I can draw strength and compassion.” This gift was the “healing power of forgiving.” With that she went on to become a psychotherapist who for over thirty years has helped others.
Bravo, author Shapiro. Your excellent writing will help many, many others find the strength to overcome the struggles they are dealt.
This quote from She’s Not Herself says it all: “For me, it wasn’t until I was married and had children that I was truly able to see how deeply affected I was by my childhood. Now, after more than thirty years as a psychotherapist, forty-six years as a wife, forty-four years as a mother, and thirteen years as a grandmother, I hold on to the one belief I consider to be most valuable: the need to honor the parts of our selves that are healthy, the parts that are strong, even when unpredictable situations—our own physical or emotional stressors or those of our loved ones—catch us off guard.”
Madeline Sharples, author of Leaving the Hall Light On...more