Category: Book Reviews

If you haven’t read this book, you must. I read it ten years ago and am reading it again. Kingsolver’s insight in the human condition and motherhood is astounding. “A mother’s body remembers her babies–the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred cap against her nose. Each child has its own entreaties to body and soul, but it’s the last one though, that overtakes you.”

This mother, Orleanna, has lost her youngest to a green mamba snake. “…But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after–oh, that’s love by a different name. …instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams.” If you have been reading my¬† blog, you know I’ve lost my baby girl and so I can relate to this wonderful impassioned story.

Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing author and one you should get to know.


Black and Blue

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen is a 1998 novel by this Pulitizer Prize winner. Characters are believable; the story is well plotted and a page turner. Love and rage, passion and violence–woman and her young son are terrorized by her husband. She contacts a women’s rescue and runs a long way from home. But new identities, and miles of distance from her husband does not make her feel secure. It is only a matter of time, she is sure.

I rarely read a book twice, but I picked this one back up after several years on my bookshelf and it was just as profound the second time around. The plight of battered women, the raw fear they are forced to endure and try to hide from the world tears at the heart. Fear for herself and her son had this woman terrified, but true to many of these sad stories this woman still loved her husband. I felt a personal closeness to this story because of a very sweet woman I know who is attracted to brutes. She is a close relative and a special friend.

This is a riveting novel, poignant and compelling–heartbreaking. A contemporary love story about friendship, devotion, and parenting teenagers, this tearjerker is a fresh approach to story, with author insight to the pain of adolescence, and being a parent.

A debut novel published by Amazon Encore starts out a little slow. I almost put it down, but had a little time on my hands and kept at it and I’m so glad I did. It’s fun, sad, and inspirational. This is a writer to watch.