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The Lost Motherby Mary McGarry Morris
Since the publication of her astonishing debut, Vanished, Mary McGarry Morris has been compared with John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers and widely praised as “a superb storyteller” (The Washington Post) and “one of our finest American writers” (The Miami Herald). Now, in her sixth novel, Morris has achieved new heights/b>/b>/b>
Since the publication of her astonishing debut, Vanished, Mary McGarry Morris has been compared with John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers and widely praised as “a superb storyteller” (The Washington Post) and “one of our finest American writers” (The Miami Herald). Now, in her sixth novel, Morris has achieved new heights with her riveting chronicle of the Talcotts, a family in rural Vermont during the Great Depression.
Abandoned by his beautiful wife, Irene, Henry and their two young children, Thomas and Margaret, spend that summer in a tent on the edge of Black Pond. Henry, an itinerant butcher, struggles to provide for them, but often must leave them alone as he travels the county in search of work. And while Henry loves his children deeply, he is devastated by their mother’s desertion. He has not told them why she left or if she’ll return. When Mrs. Phyllis Farley, a prosperous neighbor, begins to woo the children as companions for her strange, housebound son, Henry must weigh an unusual proposition, the consequences of which may cost him everything. Powerfully imagined and intensely felt, The Lost Mother is a haunting masterwork and McGarry Morris’s strongest novel to date.
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Mary McGarry Morris is the author of Vanished, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; A Dangerous Woman, which was chosen by Time as of of the five best novels of 1991; Songs in Ordinary Time, an Oprah's Book Club Selection and national bestseller, and the critically acclaimed Fiona Range and A Hole in the Universe. She lives in Andover, Massachussetts.
On the web: http://www.marymcgarrymorris.com
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I only read this book because I read the reviews and they sounded great. This is the first I have read of this author, and I have to say the story just dragged on. The character development was extremely poor in my opionion and I had to force myself to finish reading it. I do NOT recommend this book.
this was very gritty with a great ending. lots of insight in to human nature. I wholeheartdley reccommend this.
Abundantly talented stage and screen actress Judith Ivey is also blessed with a luminous voice. She can calibrate it from Texas twang to enchantingly low, well modulated to an almost whisper-like caress. Thus, it is always a pleasure to hear her read an audio book. That pleasure is doubled when her narrative is as fine as the one penned by Marry McGarry Morris. With a story set in rural Vermont during the Depression era we meet two young ones, Thomas Talcott, 12, and his sister, Margaret, 8. Their father, Henry, met the fate of so many others - he lost everything and now must try to earn sustenance as a traveling butcher. The children's mother, Irene, has abandoned them, leaving a desolate Henry, and two confused, unhappy youngsters. Henry's attempts to support himself and his family fail miserably, thus the little family is reduced to living in a tent. There are overtures by a well-to-do neighbor to help them, perhaps as playmates for her sick son. However, the terms of that offer may be more than Henry can countenance. Judith Ivey gives a touching, award worthy reading of 'The Lost Mother.' - Gail Cooke
I can't wait to read more of Mary McGarry Morris. I loved this story--I felt the pain and loss of Thomas & Margaret, the main characters. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
I've been a fan of Morris' since 'Songs In Ordinary Time', I enjoyed 'A Hole in the Universe' but with this novel I feel that she is trying to appeal to a larger audience and in doing so her literary style is altered. I was always rewarded with richly imagined characters in her other novels, unique and well drawn. These characters, Henry and his two young children may be easily identified with but I didn't realize great depth in her descriptions. I also felt as I quickly turned pages, hoping for more, that there were no real surprises in the plot and too simple of a resolution in the ending. The quality of writing is still there and some book clubs may enjoy this book, it is an easy read. I however, will await yet her next book when I hope she returns to the quality and intricacy of plot that won her such praise for 'Songs in Ordinary Time'.