I accidently picked up this book, mistaking the author for Liane Moriarity.
This author is also good! I found myself completely engrossed in the story which is sad and poignant. It took me right back to my adolescent years and how I treated my mother, she was underappreciated for sure.
The car accident was a simple plot devise to drive the daughter and mother together. I was disappointed the death of another girl was necessary for them to finally see eye to eye and wished a less severe circumstance was needed to bridge the gap between mother and daughter. It is easy to understand why Leigh doesn't have any friends.
Surprised i liked this book but was a good read about the complexity of relationships between women.... mother, daughter, friends etc..
Before a tragic accident that shakes up their middle-class world, Leigh never understood why her relationship with her daughter Kara had been so difficult. But as she reflects upon the tragedy and compares Kara’s life to her own poor upbringing, Leigh discovers how difficult it is to truly see oneself from another’s perspective, and that parents with the best intentions can unwittingly inflict their own unaddressed problems onto their children. When Leigh begins to treat Kara as an individual instead of trying to parent a reflection of herself, things turn around for them. Moriarty has given us an excellent reminder that we need to confront the past in order to handle what life throws at us in the present. Great choice for a book club.
OK may try another of her stories
This is a compelling, insightful, haunting but somehow uplifting story about a very difficult topic. Well written and thought provoking.
This book explores mother-daughter relationships and just how twisted they can become with lack of communication. it was quite sad to see the main character struggle with her own self relizations. This book really made me reflect on my relationship with my own mother and helps to put you in the shoes of someone else.
Would recommend this author if you like Jodi Picoult.
I read this after reading her first novel "The Center of Everything" which I enjoyed as a light read. The emotions felt by the main character / mother are explained so well I could feel them. She somehow hit a bunch of chords with me - sometimes so close to real life, it was almost as if I were reading my mother's thoughts, or my own sometimes.
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