started reading this book and realized about 10 pages into it that I have read it before in the past. Having no recollection of what happened in the started reading this book and realized about 10 pages into it that I have read it before in the past. Having no recollection of what happened in the book other than knowing it was familiar I continued on. Maybe logic should have told me, if it were a story I liked particularly I would have remembered it?
What drew me in? The front jacket. Highway 66 sign with the Arch in the background. I'm a Missouri girl and the cover is what got me.
This is a dark tale about three women, a mother and her grown daughter and teen daughter, all of whom are quite disturbed in different ways. If you are pulled into what is dark and bad in life, by people who self-hate and abuse their bodies and souls, then this is a great book for you. I, however, found it wrought with deep seated issues that sometimes were completely unnecessary for story development.
As I said once before, I don't like writing a CliffNotes version of ta book as proof that I read it, I don't want to give the story away and ruin it for another reader - I prefer impressions and how the story made me feel. With that said, it's a good story about all that can go wrong in mother-daughter relationships, with a small town double murder as the main story line. I wouldn't recommend this for a young adult though (someone under 16) as there are quite a few adult moments and situations....more
Well for a book about 30 pages long it is just a joy to read. I have owned this book for about 16 years and just read it today. It's always been a parWell for a book about 30 pages long it is just a joy to read. I have owned this book for about 16 years and just read it today. It's always been a part of my Christmas decorations at this time of year and that had been all.
This is a story of a 13-year old Roman boy and covers part of one day in his life. Like any rambuncious boy that age, he has broken something of his mothers (a jar) and has eaten his father's pomengrate. His mother asks her son to run into town to make a purchase for her and if he does so properly by not forgetting any item and bringing back the proper change she will kindly "forget about the jar and pomengrate" and not mention it to the boy's father in the evening upon his arrival. The boy is overjoyed! He repeats back the order and is off and running! He is an outsider amongst these locals and his father has warned him to be home before dark, so he is making haste running through the streets finding the items needed. He gathers the chicken, raisins, dates, and figs and is very proud of himself for getting so much change in return by following the lead he has learned from his father. He gives the merchants stern looks and they do not quarrel with this young lad, just hand over what he is expected along with his goods. His last items are two pomegrates. He finds the produce merchant and takes three, eating one right there and hands over the amount of coins he deems these require. The boy is very proud he has everything his mother wants and only spent one of the two coins given him. Knowing the night is coming soon he starts his journey home. Along the way he encounters a few spectacular and meaningful events. Upon arriving home very late he is scolded by his father and is asked where he has been and what has taken so long. The boy tells his story truthfully and the father does not believe him. He takes his belt and whips the boy. The mother stands weeping knowing there is nothing she can do for her son. The boy doesn't cry out or utter a word. once his father is done, he is sent to his room.
Not wanting to tell the entire short story and spoil it, it is here I shall say some of the important events have been left out of the middle of my review and end, but these are the parts that should be read and experienced yourself.
What I learned from this book, other than realizing I should have read this 19 years ago, is that although this is just a short fictional story, that all our lives are entwined and destiny-fate-whatever is at work in all of us. The life we live is like a dance choreographed by another. The important and meaningful things that happen are not by chance necessarily but part of our larger story....more