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Daisychains of Silence by Catherine  MacLeod
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Nov 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read from November 06 to 11, 2011

In Daisychains of Silence, Catherine MacLeod has sewn together a rich tapestry of images, emotions, memories—all the scraps that comprise a life. In this case, the life is Daisy’s and we follow her from neglected childhood, to boarding school and adventurous youth, and to middle age, when a reunion with her mother forces her to reassess all that’s come before. The relationship between Daisy and her mother is especially poignant, especially fraught with long-simmering betrayals and disappointments. MacLeod has the eye of a photographer, a painter, an ability to draw our attention to details that matter: a crocheted curtain, filthy from neglect, a beloved hand-made doll, cords of colored thread glistening on a well-used table, scars that form a smile. The writing itself is evocative and poetic, at times absolutely mesmerizing as Daisy’s world is described. Forced into an early self-reliance, Daisy learns to keep most things within and we follow her attempts to strike out and discover who she is and what she should do with herself. But it’s a love story too, a believable love story accented with stops and starts, with mistakes made and loyalties reclaimed. MacLeod’s characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished this lovely book, and you’ll find yourself rooting for them, each and every one, despite their flaws or maybe because of them.
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