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Called to his dying father’s bedside, Gabriel Golden’s life is turned upside down after receiving his mother’s journal. The journal chronicles his mother’s life in post-war Britain, her genteel upbringing and her eventual marriage to Gabriel’s father, a complicated man raised in an aggressive, Jewish family who drinks to escape financial worries. Gabriel is shocked as the ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 2013 by Roseway Publishing
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Donna Mcdonald
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In her first novel, ‘Turn Us Again’, Charlotte Mendel gives us an honest account of the complexity of abusive relationships and demonstrates the unhealthy co-dependency and generational havoc created therein. Yet, Charlotte presents the subject in her own ‘unique’ style…thoughtful and honest, but also with glimpses of humour woven throughout as the story unfolds from post-Second World war England to Canada and back. The story also spoke to me of forgiveness and left me with the conviction that e ...more
Trina
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The characters are what kept me reading. I felt as though they could have been part of anybody's mixed up family.
The love of life and free spirit of the mother made me feel we should all do what makes us happy, and have fun with our lives at all cost.The fathers mixed up way of dealing with things really annoyed me at times. Even though I had such a problem with the fathers behavior, I found it hard to completely dislike him . I found myself wondering about his upbringing with
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Irena
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed “Turn us again “ very much , I think it is great . Due to the fact that English is not my first language , I try to pick books that keep me excited all the way and reading this book has been a great experience for me , I couldn’t put it down ! At one moment I found myself judging one of the characters and then I understood that we all know in theory what is “right” and “wrong” , and how sometimes reality changes everything upside down .I would recommended to read this book to many of m ...more
Beth
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway! Thank you so much for the book!

I have just finished reading this book, and I'm sitting here with all these conflicting emotions. I veered from hate to pity to anger and then finally to understanding. An entirely different perspective on dysfunctional families and domestic abuse. A truly powerful read that I cannot recommend enough.
Genevieve Paquin
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Turn Us Again by Charlotte Mendel. The manuscript written by Gabriel's mother kept me wanting to read more and more. It was interesting to see the evolution of the relationship between Anne (Madelyn) and Sam and their interdependency.
Jennifer
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are still with me. It was frightening how real they felt. It also drew very strong emotions. At times, I had to put it down and take a deep breath, then pick it up the next day. A great and honest look at our humanity. Her writing reads like a conversation.
Nsumner
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and engaging book about forgiveness and closure. Highly recommended.
Cindy
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have been waiting for years to read one of Charlotte's books...it was well worth the wait! This book had me experiencing different emotions the whole way through. One moment I was feeling anxious and then relief.. I became frustrated and then became very curious. This was definitely a page turner and a book I have actually purchased for some friends; I don't often buy others's books...loan them yes...but not purchasing additional copies. I live in Nova Scotia and have sent one to Montreal ...more
Miranda Saroli
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very moving. Just as Gabriel couldn't tear himself away from reading his mother's manuscript, I couldn't tear myself away from this! The way the story came full circle was elegant and satisfyingly tragic. The events, interactions, and perspectives translate so well to the difficulties we all face at some point or another in our own lives; I really learned a lot about myself. Thank you.
Stephen Law
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A novel about the imprint of violence on the lives of a family. It balances the treacherous territory between contextualizing a history and depicting the abuse of love. Well deserving of the Beacon Award for Social Justice - I particularly enjoyed the depiction of post-war Britain and Canada
Eileen Crane
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story and loved the way it was told from the past and the present. Characters have depth to them and, like life, there are no easy answers and very little black and white. Easy to read and hard to put down.
Stacy
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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I won this book as a FirstRead.

Gabriel Golden receives a fax from his estranged father, saying he is dying and would like Gabriel to come to England so they can see each other again. Upon arrival, Gabriel finds the main reason his father wanted to see him is so that he can read a manuscript his mother wrote of their dating and early marriage, and his dad can defend himself against the bad sides of him she shows in the manuscript.

The ability to read the story of one's parents' early relationship
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Janet Cameron
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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You know all those reviews that start with 'I wanted to like this book...'? Well, I'm just the opposite. My first novel lost out to this one at the Atlantic Book Awards last year, and at first I just wanted to feed it to a large farm animal. But I started to read instead and I really was hooked from the first page. Just could not put it down. The voices of the characters are vivid and real, the story zips along without ever feeling rushed, and there's a lovely note of grace and forgiveness hangi ...more
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