Up from the Blue

Up from the Blue

by Susan Henderson
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Up from the Blue 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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Bookwyrm55 More than 1 year ago
Too often we fall into the easy habit of reading books that take us to a better place, a world not quite as real, painful, or uncomfortable as the one we walk through in our everyday lives. In Up From the Blue, the author has not provided such an escape. Instead, she has stripped away the veneer we call normalcy and revealed the depths of pain, confusion, frustration and hunger that are so often hidden from view. On the surface, a family, or a person, can seem to be one thing, while being something else entirely. This is a truth Henderson handles with style. Children perceive their own families, and those of others, in ways that they are trained to - set against a backdrop of what they have been told, shown, and trained to believe. The relationships between Tilly, her mother, father, brother and her friends cut deep, but at the same time reveal how tenuous and shallow such things can be. There are happy moments, and trenches of deep, dark sadness in this novel. It will probably not make you feel better, in the traditional sense, but then again - the honesty may awaken things you don't expect. For me, it was memories of a childhood in the 60s when families were fortresses against the world, and also against escape from within... A remarkable novel by a talented author. Will be watching for more. -DNW 
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KPMAE More than 1 year ago
I just finsihed this book a few days ago, and I did not want to put it down, I loved it. I will read it again. I will also pass this along to my friends to enjoy.
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Book-Wise More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book. Very good read. The characters are so believable it reads more like a non-fiction memoir. Could not put this down. Really hits the mark on mental illness and how it affects the whole family. Can't wait for this authors next book.
CyndiANC More than 1 year ago
Accidentally came across this while browsing Nookbooks online. I am so glad I bought it because it was such a great story. I actually shed tears twice while reading this but it isn't a 'downer', really. The story just hit home for me a couple times.
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Ann Hogue More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book wasent what i expected couldnt put down.
messerj1 More than 1 year ago
Contrary to some reviews I believe this book hits the mark for many households that had and still have MH illness in their family and how they handle it. There was a time when MH illnesses were undiagnosed and misunderstood. Depression=laziness was one interpretation. I think Tillie and her brother were written from the standpoint that many children lived in with a family where the family was working and the mother faced challenges at home that she could not handle especially with a MH illness. Loved this book and the message at the end that Tillie discoverd about her mother.
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