Playing My Mother's Bluesby Valerie Wilson Wesley
Dani Carter was seven years old her sister, Rose, seventeen when their beautiful, impetuous mother, Maria, walked out of their lives, abandoning her husband and family for a love affair. Over the decades that followed, Dani has married a successful man and given birth to a wonderful son. But love has long been missing from her marriage, propelling her
Dani Carter was seven years old her sister, Rose, seventeen when their beautiful, impetuous mother, Maria, walked out of their lives, abandoning her husband and family for a love affair. Over the decades that followed, Dani has married a successful man and given birth to a wonderful son. But love has long been missing from her marriage, propelling her into the arms of another and inspiring troubling thoughts of escape. The sins of the mother, Dani fears, have been visited upon the daughter.
Now that she finds herself in a similar heartbreaking situation, Dani can't help but wonder who Maria really was. It's a puzzle that may soon be completed, after a lifetime of searching for missing pieces. Maria, calling herself Mariah, is about to reenter her daughters' worlds, bearing secrets and bitter truths . . . and, perhaps, long-awaited answers to what could possibly drive a mother to sacrifice what was dearest to her heart.
Playing My Mother's Blues
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- 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
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- 14 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Valerie Wilson Wesley is the author of the novels Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, winner of the 2000 Best Fiction Award of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, as well as the nationally bestselling Tamara Hayle mystery series. A contributing editor at Essence magazine, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ms. and the New York Times. She lives in New Jersey.
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I DISAGREE WITH SOME OF THE OTHERS READERS ABOUT THIS STORY. I FELT THE STORY WAS VERY INTERESTING, IT WAS NOT BORING TO ME. IT SHOWS HOW HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF SOMETIMES IN FAMILIES. IT DEALT WITH STRUGGLE, AND SO CALL LOVE. IT ALSO DEALS WITH REGRETS AND BROKEN PROMISES. THE STORY WAS VERY POWERFUL, AND I WAS ABLE TO WALK AWAY WITH ALOT TO THINK ABOUT, REGARDING MY FAMILY. I FEEL THAT THE STORY ENDED IN A WAY WHERE THERE COULD BE A BOOK II. I SAY IT IS WORTH A READ.
Impetuous Maria left her spouse Hilton Dells for Durell Alexander. However, when she walked out on Hilton and became Mariah, she also abandoned her daughters seven year old Dani Carter and seventeen year old Rose. However, several months after she deserted her family for a love affair, the hotheaded Mariah killed her lover. She spent time in jail for the homicide while Hilton¿s sister Lucille raised her nieces especially the ¿baby¿.---------------- Maria reads an obit that Hilton just died. Whereas Dani overcame the betrayal, but remains curious about the woman she remembers filled with élan Rose has always acted as if their mom died years ago. Now the death of Hilton has brought to the surface the one guilt that Maria has tried to bury, abandoning her children. She wants to reconcile with them. Dani needs to understand her mom as she finds herself following her mother¿s path being marred with children, but having an affair. Rose, raging with rancor, wants nothing to do with the woman whose leaving devastated her. Lucille wants her former sister-in-law to stay away from her nieces. These four women meet ostensibly to bury Hilton but to exhume the past.------------------------ The viewpoint constantly switches mostly between Mariah, Rose, and Dani, and to a much lesser degree Lucille so that the audience sees the same incident from dissimilar perspectives. For instance what seems like a molehill to Maria is Mt. Everest to Rose as each looks back to the late 1960s early 1970s differently. The fine character study enables the audience to understand how a pivotal event over two decades ago still fully impacts the players. Though at times the introspection can slow down the plot, fans will enjoy this family drama starring believable protagonists struggling to understand one another.------------------- Harriet Klausner
Good storyline but not well written. It was kinda slow and boring. The ending left you hanging.
I think the story could have been told, even ehanced upon, without being so 'wordy'. Also, 'Dee' from 'What's happening!' was not 'Rerun's' sister, she was 'Roger's' sister.