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Rhine Maidens

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 30th 1989 by Fawcett (first published 1981)
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Sue
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it
You have two women, Grace, a foul-mouthed aging mother with a negative attitude and her daughter Garnet, who left home early, married a Hollywood producer, has two kids and perfect home. This is a book about attitudes much more than plot. I can't mention anything that happens without spoiling what little plot there is, but I can talk about the organization of this book. Grace and Garnet alternate, Grace telling her story to someone named Pearl. Garnet tells her side in supposed journal entries f ...more
Hanje Richards
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I give this one a 3.5. I am not in love with this book, but it was good enough to keep me reading.

As my favorite 13 year old would say, "this book is totally character driven."

Mother Grace and daughter Garnet tell the story from their own points of view. Grace is talking to an unseen friend, Pearl. Garnet is writing in a journal for a college writing class she is taking.

These two voices tell the same and very different stories about their lives.

Very California, as are all the books I have rea
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Jennifer
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great book about a mother and her middle-aged daughter. It's a spot-on character study of the mother, in particular, but interesting as regards the daughter, too, and is also a kind of character study of late 70s Los Angeles, as well.

It's funny and poignant and enraging-- and really just about perfect. If I'd been able to give it 4.5 stars, I would've.
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Carolyn See was the author of ten books, including the memoir, Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, an advice book on writing, Making a Literary Life, and the novels There Will Never Be Another You and The Handyman.

She was the Friday-morning reviewer for The Washington Post, and she has been on the boards of the National Book Critics Circle and PENWest International. She won both the Gug
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