What We Keep
Do you ever really know your mother, your daughter, the people in your family? In this rich and rewarding new novel by the beloved bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon, a reunion between two sisters and their mother reveals how the secrets and complexities of the past... show more
Do you ever really know your mother, your daughter, the people in your family? In this rich and rewarding new novel by the beloved bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon, a reunion between two sisters and their mother reveals how the secrets and complexities of the past have shaped the lives of the women in a family. Ginny Young is on a plane, en route to see her mother, whom she hasn't seen or spoken to for thirty-five years. She thinks back to the summer of 1958, when she and her sister, Sharla, were young girls. At that time,a series of dramatic events--beginning with the arrival of a mysterious and sensual next-door neighbor--divided the family, separating the sisters from their mother. Moving back and forth in time between the girl she once was and the woman she's become, Ginny at last confronts painful choices that occur in almost any woman's life, and learns surprising truths about the people she thought she knew best.Emotional honesty and a true understanding of people and relationships are combined in this moving and deeply satisfying new book by the novelist who "writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems" (Andre Dubus).From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: May 25th 1999
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
2.5 starsThis was a quick, easy read. I was enjoying the book most of the way through, with some minor issues (mainly I didn't really have a feel for the 1958 time period and had to keep reminding myself that it was taking place then and not more modern), but it lost me at the end. After the build...
Das Buch haben meine Mutter und ich zusammen gekauft, da der Kurztext neugierig gemacht hat.Wir beide hatten das Buch durch gelesen und darüber gesprochen.Das Buch hat eine tolle Geschichte, eine Mutter hat ab und lässt ihre zwei Töchter ohne eine Erklärung zurück. Fünfunddreißig Jahre Später kommt ...
Elizabeth Berg captured the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship beautifully in this family tale of loss, regret, and redemption. I found myself equally frustrated and sympathetic for the mother in this story. The backdrop song could be the lyric by John Mayer: "Mothers be good to your d...
Another good-ie from Ms. Berg. This is one of her better ones.