I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaway. I am glad I had the opportunity to read and review this interesting story.
Lulu and Merry are young when their father, in a drunken rage, murders their mother, stabs Merry, and tries (unsuccessfully) to kill himself. Their dad goes to prison. Unfortunately, after their grandmother dies, the relatives refuse to care for them, so the girls are taken to a group home. Each girl is affected differently by the murder. Lulu is the oldest, and harbors a lot of anger towards her father, refusing to see him or to talk about the incident, telling everyone her father is dead. Merry, the youngest, was actually seriously injured by her father in the attack, yet she visits her father and keeps in touch during his incarceration. Both spend their lives trying to find some sense of closure and peace with the tragedy, the abandonment and loneliness that they struggle with. It isn't until the reality of their father's parole that they really begin to deal with their feelings, fears, and anger in a useful way.
This was a thought-provoking story, and I found myself curious to know what would happen with Merry and Lulu and how I would react if I was in their shoes. Many, many children must live with the fact that their parents are imprisoned for horrendous crimes, and Meyers attempts to verbalize the struggles of walking through life with that burden on your shoulders. Heartbreaking, sad, but thought provoking as well. 3.5 stars