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A Fresh Hell by Pauline B. Rogers
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it was amazing

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Rikki Greene is a 40-year-old Jewish American woman who thought she’d put Hell behind her, but when her mother’s death calls her back to the small New England town she hails from, Rikki finds herself facing the demons of her past. Her hope is to bury her mother, make peace with her relatives, and settle her frail father into a caring home for the aged. But Rikki gets a few matzo-balls lobbed at her by her mother’s last-ditch effort to control her from beyond the grave. Oy vey!

Despite a rocky childhood, Rikki built a successful career as a Hollywood publicist — yes, there are lots of juicy tidbits about the movie biz in this book, including Rikki’s hunky-actor-love-interest, along with a full cast of memorable characters to sink your teeth into. But the gist of A Fresh Hell is about the damage that bad parenting can do to a child. You’ve heard of controlling mothers before, well Rikki’s mother takes the cake. Until Rikki escaped to college, her mother systematically abused her — psychologically, physically, and emotionally — and yet, “Mommy Dearest” made Rikki feel all the guilt. Meanwhile, her dad — who took his share of abuse — turned a deaf ear to the truth.
There are lots of lessons to be learned from this book, including how to un-learn your past. And the saving grace of friendship. But the beautiful main message of A Fresh Hell is self-forgiveness.

Pauline B. Rogers has penned a thought-provoking story about the inner-strength that lives in all of us – even when the odds are against you.
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April 15, 2019 – Shelved

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