Deborah Copaken Kogan is the author of Shutter-babe, the bestselling memoir of her years as a war photographer. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Paris Match, Newsweek, Time, Elle, L'Express, and PHOTO, and on The Today Show, ABC News, Dateline NBC, and CNN. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Between Here and Aprilby Deborah Copaken Kogan
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When a deep-seated memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child—shocking revelations about April's mother, Adele.
Elizabeth, now herself a mother, seeks out anyone who might help piece together the final months, days, and hours of this troubled woman's life, but the answers yield only more questions. And those questions lead back to Elizabeth's own life: her own compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt and dissatisfaction, and finally, a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a wife and mother.
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Mothers, as a collective community, will find the story in this book to be one that, like it or not, they will relate to in one way or another. Most of us will not admit to others, let alone to ourselves, some of the negatives we feel that go along with motherhood. In BETWEEN HERE AND APRIL the author tells a compelling story that, unfortunately, is not always fiction. Prepare yourself to empathize with the unthinkable. After reading this book you will want to reasses your life and hug your children.
I picked this book up on a whim one day. I had just finished reading another book and was just wandering through the book store and saw the cover. I thought it looked interesting and figured I'd give it a shot. I was very surprised at how captivating the book was for me. Having a large interest in photography, suspenseful reading, and a best friend named April- I felt like this book was about me. It draws you in and won't let go. Definitely a great read for a lazy Sunday but be weary if you start reading it before bed... You'll probably be unable to put it down and go to sleep.
Elizabeth Burns began a journey to discover what really happened to her childhood friend, April. While at first it appears that Between Here and April is about the tragic death of April and her sister at the hands of their mother, there is a much deeper meaning to the plot. Elizabeth was a successful journalist that put her career on hold to raise her children. April¿s tale helps Elizabeth sort out her own emotions by examining her own life as a mother, wife, journalist, and person. This book examines postpartum depression and the need to feel fulfilled as a person. This is a story that needs to be told, but would have been more affective if it had been less about Elizabeth and more about April. I found Elizabeth¿s musings to be distracting. Nevertheless, this is a very good book. It examines motherhood in a way few books ever have. This is not a feel-good book. The tale is gripping, and I was unable to lay it down until I knew the ending.
A bit scattered (much like life, to be fair). I had a favorite storyline, but little time was devoted to it.
and that's not at all like me. I didn't find this book able to hold my attention. This was a book club choice and I wish it had been good, but it just wasnt.