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Mother Hardcover – 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Paperback
I first heard about MOTHER in my book club's monthly newsletter. When I read the summary, I knew I had to order the book. I just lost my mother in January, and I thought maybe I could find something therapeutic, something to help me through my grief, in Linda Ann Rentschler's novel.

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.
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Format: Paperback
On the surface "Mother" is a story of foreboding grief, self-healing and family. As an independent, motivated thirty-something who is also contemplating starting a family "Mother", to me, is a deeper story that reflects what many stay-at-home moms must feel daily. The dignity of knowing that raising a family is the single most important thing a person can do, however, feeling at times a sense of loss of one's self while supporting and caring for everyone else in their lives. Rentschler's prose is gripping, taking the reader on a journey deep into the character's soul. I felt for the main character, Mary, as she struggled with finding her true meaning, and I learned from her journey. While I too believe family, in particular "Mothers", are the most meaningful and influential gift, I hope to carry with me the things Mary learned... family first, but do not forget to make time for your own goals and dreams.

"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.
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This book was not exactly what I initially thought it would be. I had a hard time getting into it. Although I finished the book in it's entirety, I had a very hard time getting into it. I felt that the book was slow moving and in the end of the book, I didn't leave as satisfied as I had hoped to.
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When I lost my mother in 2007, someone suggested this book to me. I thought I'd give it a try and as it started out great it quickly turned out to be a great disappointment. I quit reading about halfway through as I didnt really find it to be what I was looking for. Although I'm sure its a decent book, its just not what I was hoping for or even the kind of book that I enjoy reading.
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Format: Paperback
The book starts as the story of a "desperate housewife", who, while dealing with her grief issue, still completes her chores like a robot, trying to fill in empty space left after her mother's difficult death. Accidental meeting with the much younger female and their shared grief for their mothers that follows open Mary's eyes on her need to spend some time with herself. She moves on to an adventure that most women her age would consider irresponsible. As a result of her soul search, she re-visits her values and comes to peace with her past and her losses.

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.
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By POV on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
I couldn't connect with Mary. The chance meeting of Mary and Cathy seemed trite. I know that grief is handled differently by everyone, but it didn't seem plausible that Mary was still grieving five years after her mother's death. I couldn't finish the book.
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