- Hardcover: 340 pages
- Publisher: Madison Park Press; 1St Edition edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582882568
- ISBN-13: 978-1582882567
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,930,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mother Hardcover – 2007
Top Customer Reviews
MOTHER introduces readers to Mary Sullivan, who lost her mother five years ago and still can't escape the emptiness that haunts her every day. Fate brings her to bright-eyed Cathy, a college student working in a local diner where Mary stops to buy Lifesavers on a whim one afternoon. Despite the chasm of twenty years between them, the two women connect -- and a tragic accident soon after they meet cements their bond. In the months that follow, Mary begins to experience a kind of catharsis in her life, largely due to Cathy's influence -- and much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage sons. Mary stops fearing her grief and begins to accept the loss of her mother. And in finally letting go of her mother, she gains much more: a part of herself she thought was buried long ago, when it was overwhelmed by the duties of being a wife and a mother and caring for an ailing parent.
MOTHER really is a very well-written novel, prose-wise, as previous reviewers here have mentioned. The prose is very poignant, and Rentschler makes some very keen observations about grief and loss. Many passages left me with a lump in my throat, as Rentschler seemed to hit so decidedly on exacly what I was (and am) feeling regarding my own loss. Her portrayal of grief is perfect: In MOTHER, grief is a dance in which euphoria battles with despair, in which the tears and laughter mingle. As someone who's just recently been through this, I can tell you: This is a perfect interpretation.Read more ›
"Mother" made me realize how lucky I am to still have my mom with me, and to not take a single day for granted. Spend time with the people that mean the most to you, and tell them daily what they mean to you. For those moving through the grieving process of losing someone you love, you may find solace in Rentschler's words and realize you are not alone.
Beautiful writing by a keen observer, the novel describes many everyday duties and thoughts with great precision and humor. Some family dialogs are absolutely hilarious; the characters are well-drawn and alive.
The novel teaches many lessons, among them that sometimes you need to stop and look inside yourself in order to move on; that family is our most important job; that nothing in our life is accidental; that past can torture us, but if properly dealt with, it can bring joy.
A few typos (maybe five) were a little annoying but were minor enough.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it not only to those who deal with loss of their loved ones but to anyone who is interested in inner growth. I haven't read "Jitters" and that's what I am planning to read next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Mary Sullivan goes into a local luncheonette to buy a roll of Life Savers, she's suddenly reminded of her mother who passed away five years prior. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Nancy C. Lepri
This was a very good book and a good price! If you've recently lost your mother, it's a must-read.Published on August 14, 2008 by Kimberly A. Burke
I'm not raving about this story. It took me awhile to get through and I used it as a lunch time book, but I did enjoy it enough to suggest it to my friends. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I read. I read a LOT. I read a lot of different types of books, even bad books. This is the first book I've read in years that I wanted my time back. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Morgan D. Flach
I don't understand the wonderful reviews. I wanted to give up after the first chapter, but made myself continue to read because of the rave reviews here. Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Yankee2NY
In the daily experience of most people, we act and react until these rote activities slowly come to define our existance. Read morePublished on August 5, 2006 by John W. Koshak
Students of the writers' craft will first appreciate Rentschler's mastery of metaphor and simile as she develops her colorful characters and settings. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Cheron J. Mayhall