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Being Lara by Lola Jaye
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Mar 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from March 14 to 16, 2012

“Being Lara by Lola Jaye opened with Lara’s thirtieth birthday party and she didn’t really want to go to it. She is a very successful business woman working with expensive jewelry; she is “going with” a very handsome and considerate man, her mother had been a pop star in the past and she has a very loving father.

Lara flashes back to memories of when she was five. She had been called an “alien” because she looked different from her classmates. Her birth mother was in Nigeria and her adoptive parents were both white. As she gets older showing emotions is like touching a very hot stove with her bare hands. Alternating with the present and the past for the sections titled Lara, this book also alternates with the stories of her two mothers.

Pat tells her story of growing up in South London and not quite fitting into her family, being an introvert. She still felt sad about her losing her father. She felt closer to him than anyone. She met and married an unusually sensitive man with a loving nature and an open ear for Pat. He actually knows Pat more than she does herself.

Yomi, her Nigerian mother also goes back to childhood of poverty and longing for a “Jane Austin type of life”. Not only do learn about her life, you learn Nigerian customs, foods and growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. She is hopelessly in love with Henry, a handsome gentleman who is also poor. Later in the story we are privileged to be introduced to incredibly wise mother.

So, these three stories come together and explain Lara. She is special but she has a lot of trouble relating to people. This book shows her journey from her always knowing that there was something missing in her life, she didn’t know what, to woman who starts growing emotionally and feeling blessed for the richness of her life.

The writing is beautiful and towards the end of the book, I didn’t want to let go of the story. There is a story behind every person, and perhaps this book will make you wonder about other people who seem emotionally closed off. Maybe they have stories that explain the way that they are.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to understand people better and have the bonus of learning about Nigerian culture and food.

I received this book as a win from Library Thing and that in no way influenced my review.

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