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The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry
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Jan 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: netgalley
Read from January 22 to 26, 2012

A beautifully heart wrenching story about a family's survival. I didn't want story to end! The novel is multi-layered with the era (late 50's), households having strong political and religious views as an important back drop. It's about a married couple (of interfaith) who tries to redeem themselves and make right for their family. The couple had a son before marriage, and she gave him up without telling her future husband. Story starts years later when truth comes out about the 12 yr old boy who has sadly grown up in abusive orphanages. The couple also has a daughter who is ten. This tale of the family's struggle for love and togetherness is a long, hard, and very sad journey. I was surprised that there were not much details and strong reflections back to when the wife was in a 'mother baby home' to have her son. However I highly recommend this book! Kirkus reviews compared this novel to 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' which I can see why, but honestly i liked this book better! I hope author continues this family's journey in her next book!!

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Deborah Henry Thanks!

Old_airman I agree totally. I was sorry when it ended. That story needed a happier ending. Maybe in Part II.

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