Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a ...more
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It's 1969 and Ginny has just given birth to her second child, a baby girl with down syndrome. The moment she's born, Ginny's doctor tells her that she won't be able to keep the baby, and that her baby will likely die within a few years from a heart condition or something else. Her husband wants to protect the family by sending the baby to a school for children with needs. Ginny doesn't agree with her husband Abbott, but she feels s ...more
Once again T. Greenwood has written a story that kept me riveted as I flew through the pages.
Ginny Richardson had always wanted a simple life. Her husband, Ab had said he wanted the same thing. They were going to live in a little cabin in the woods with their children, enjoying nature and each other. Unfortunately, those dreams were shattered early on.
“They didn’t know that there would be a whole series of roadblocks on ...more
Honestly, I was just going to "preview" a bit of this novel, and planned on reading it next month. That never happened. - I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn't put the book down !
It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom, Ginny. I had to see the story through to the end.
It was 1969 and Ginny's b ...more
I have been a fan of T. Greenwood’s writing for quite some time. I have also been disappointed once before, but never to the degree that I was disappointed in this novel.
For me, the pacing was off completely. As I was reading, I felt like someone sat a half-dozen young women at a table with several open bottles of wine and glasses all around, then gave them an exercise to come up with ideas for a road trip – and to just write ...more
Oh my goodness! This book was so good and so beautifully written. T. Greenwood is one of my absolute favourite authors and I never hesitate in picking up one of her novels. A totally absorbing and captivating read from start to finish.
Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press & T. Greenwood for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. ...more
Last year I read T. Greenwood’s release, Rust and Stardust, and thoroughly loved it. After seeing her latest release I couldn’t wait to read it! And yes, once again that magic is there for you to devour!
While giving birth to her second child, Ginny quickly realizes something is very wrong. From the nurses to the doctor…averted eyes, hushed tones. Why won’t anyone let her see her daughter?
Ginny’s husband arranges for their newborn baby Lucy to be cared for in a full time live-in school. He i ...more
It's 1969 and Ginny Richardson's daughter, Lucy, is born with Down Syndrome. This is a time where institutionalizing children with Down Syndrome was common and the genetic disorder was stigmatized and widely misunderstood. Lucy is taken from her mother at birth and left at Willowridge School where unbeknownst to her mother she and all the other children are living in horrific conditions, being mistreated and ill cared for. When t ...more
When Ginny’s second child is born, a daughter with Down Syndrome, the baby is whisked away by her husband and sent to a residential home, Willowbrook. Ginny never laid eyes on her daughter or held her. She grieves the baby she never met but is subservient to her husband to a fault and the subject is never discussed in their household.
Two years later the school is the subject of a ...more
This gripping book deals with Ginny, who gives birth to such a child. Initially, she goes along with her husband and his family, who insist the child be placed in a special “school”. Bu ...more
When Ginny Richardson's second child, Lucy, is born with Down Syndrome, the baby is quickly whisked away. Not just to be placed in the NICU or given special care, literally taken away from her.
Her husband, Ab's, wealthy family decides immediately the child would be best dealt with by shipping it away to a 'special school' never to be thought of, or discussed, again.
Unfortunately, Ginny's in such a drug-induced state at the hospital, she doesn't even realize what is happening until ...more
Yeahhhhhh... that'd be a big nope.
Instead, the most interesting aspect of this story, Willowbrook State School (aka Willowridge in this story) is barely explored.
Instead we get melodramatic unrelatable characters in predictable situations.
I want to know about Lucy! I mean, her name is in the title after all. The star ...more
Ginny Richardson is told that her newborn daughter Lucy has Down Syndrome and a heart condition that will not permit her to live long. Ginny's husband Ab, under pressure from his overbearing wealthy lawyer father, agrees to place Lucy in an institution for 'feeble-minded'. Ab tries to persuade ...more
In 1969, Ginny and Ab Richardson’s second child, a daughter named Lucy, is born with Down Syndrome. Explaining that she will have major health issues and need specialized care, Abs’ wealthy and powerful parents convince Ginny to send her daughter to live at Willowridge, a school for the “feeble-minded”. Ginny is tormented by this heart-wrenching decision, aching for her daughter every single day. Two years after giving Lucy up, Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, stumbles across an article exp ...more
About the Book
This past week I finished reading T. Greenwood’s novel Keeping Lucy, which tells the story of a mother who is learning to rediscover her voice and follow her instincts. Set in the 1970s, Ginny is advised to send her second child Lucy to a home for children born with downs syndrome. She’ll need special care, particularly because of a heart defect that likely means Lucy won’t li ...more
In Dover, MA, in 1969, Ginny Richardson’s daughter is taken away from her at birth. Her daughter was born with Down Syndrome and Ginny never got to hold or see her. Her husband Abbott (Ab) and his father, gave orders to have Lucy taken away to Willowbridge, a school for the “feeble-minded” -without Ginny’s consent.
A few years later, news articles come out after parents file a class action lawsuit against Willowbridge, showing that the school is neglecting children in its care and has de ...more
In the same vein as other reviewers, I was completely captivated by the author's previous novel, Rust and Stardust and had selected this book as one of my most eagerly anticipated reads of 2019. It DID NOT disappoint.
Keeping Lucy shows how far a mother will go to protect the children that she loves. It's 1969 and main protagonist, Ginny is devasted when her father in law makes the unilateral d ...more
Heartbreaking. horrifying. Intense.
The first thing I did after reading KEEPING LUCY was Google Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York and was almost sorry I did. Conditions of the so-called school were appalling, the treatment and photos of the forgotten children sickening. I was so glad T. Greenwood's work of historical fiction kept the horrors to a minimum while still bringing to light the unimaginable history of this institution.
As the story begins, it's 1969 whe...more
A mother fighting for the right to bring up her daughter who is diagnosed with Down syndrome in the 1960s while her husband and family persuade her that the child has to be raised in a institution called Willowridge a special school for the feeble minded children.
I was drawn to this Novel when I read that it was based on true events th ...more
Ab, Ginny’s husband, tells her to grieve for Lucy as if she has died, and they need to move on. That completely broke my heart.
Two years go by, and some articles are written exposing Willowridge as an unsafe ...more
This one was just mediocre for me.
A young married couple, quite well off, have a young son and the second child, Lucy, is born with Down’s Syndrome and at this time in history, 1969... many were institutionalized. This is NOT what Ginny, the mother wanted.. her husband signed the child over to the state, under pressure from his own father.
This story is about a mother’s quest to ge ...more
Ginny Richardson‘s was devastated when her newborn infant girl that she named Lucy, was ripped away from her just minutes after her birth. It was October 1969 and Lucy had been born with Down’s Syndrome. The doctor, Lucy’s husband, Ab and Lucy’s powerful father-in-law thought it was for the best that Lucy be taken away to Willowridge immediately, a special school for the “feeble minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny they should just mov ...more
The background of the story is traumatic. From the early fifties to the late seventies, children and people with mental disabilities were shunted into institutions ...more
Keeping Lucy begins with Ginny Richardson giving birth to her daughter, Lucy, who is born with Down Syndrome, known as ” a mongoloid” at that time. Ginny’s husband and father in law make the decision to put Lucy in a state-run facility called Willowridge ...more
In 1969, it was common practice for children born with Down’s syndrome to be placed from birth in an institution for the “feeble minded”.
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood is a story of one family who must face this issue when young mother, Ginny, gives birth to her second child, Lucy, a Down’s Syndrome child. G ...more
Sparked by the horrific conditions at Belchertown State School for the Feebleminded, a state-run institution in Belchertown, Massachusetts. A perfect blending of fact and fiction.
I loved KEEPING LUCY!
Many of you have read (2018) T. Greenwood's award-winning, Rust & ...more
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”Later she would blame the moon. That full, blood moon that pierced the night sky like a bleeding bullet hole.”
”Fall arrived early that year she was pregnant with Lucy, the heat of summer gone overnight, frost lacing the windows like Mother Nature’s curtains.”
It was a few weeks before Halloween, the air had that chill to it, and the leaves were changing, falling to the ground in some places when there was a baby shower gi ...more
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