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Posted December 11, 2013
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A book told in short stories that are linked by the narrators being all in the same family. From grandmother, daughter to granddaughter and some of the men in their lives, the short stories jumped from time to time and at times felt a little disjointed.
Lily Adams, the grandmother, was the central character, but her family definitely took center stage at times and each had issues that they were trying to deal with - from drugs, to abusive relationships to job dissatisfaction the author put almost any negative personal struggle in the book.
Posted October 14, 2013
A very beautiful, poetic and realistic story about love and life!
Do not be fooled by the synopsis that does not prepare the reader to the beauty of words, text and poignant story of the Adam's family wonderfully told by an amazing author.
Frankly, by reading the summary my curiosity was not piqued. I could have easily miss this book. But when Angela contacted me to participate to this tour something caught my attention... Today, I am delighted to have opened this wonderful novel!
From the first lines of the introduction, written by the author, I had a lump in my throat...
Determined, Sally Mandel takes courageously up her pen after a brain injury. While insurmountable obstacles stood in her way, her resolution to succeed in writing again was the prime mover of my desire to devour this book.
Such a passion for writing could only be reflected in the story and this is a beautiful example of courage given by the author.
By following the last days of Lily Adams' life, I was immediately caught by the author's style and humor behind her character. The ending of a rich life, lived by a complex woman that we will discover through her relationship with her daughter, Stella, and her daughter Amy. Also through the men who have marked the lives of the ones she loves. The relationships of this three generations of women are very well told especially the sad or joyous events experienced through life and love.
Far from being depressing, this story is full of hope and life!
The reader follows the characters and the more they reveal of themselves, the more you want to listen to them, to know and support them.
Sally Mandel gives also a great view about the loss of a loved one. The pain and suffering can be sometimes a devastating presence, if it is not put to rest, and if it is a source of guilt. But it can also become an incredible force, an inspiration to live if we choose to honor and celebrate its life. It's poignant!
A very beautiful, poetic and realistic story about love and life. The ending made ¿¿me shed a tear as I was touched by this exquisitely narrative!