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Kathy, escaping a past that has brought her pain, meets Lacey while searching for a job. Lacey, needing to learn that the pattern of mothering changes as children reach adulthood, becomes concerned for Kathy and seeks to find out more about her past. By moving between past and present and sharing the narrative between Kathy and Lacey, we piece together Kathy's life and Lacey's challenge. The shifting points of view are handled deftly.
Ms Watson has taken some relatively common real life ingredients and combined them in a way that provides readers with a magnificent story. The writing is superb, the main characters are three dimensional, and very human. There is much to enjoy in this novel. Ms Watson has packed a world into less than 320 pages.
I am looking forward to reading other novels by Ms Watson.
When Kathy arrives at San Pedro and rents a room in Pacific Avenue, she is at the bottom of a deep hole. A series of terrible events have affected her life and she is trying to find the strength to move forward and forge a new future. This is where she meets Lacey, a middle-aged woman that is going through a crisis herself, after her daughter left for college and "does not need her anymore". Kathy is the perfect pet project for Lacey, who does not need long to see that the youngster carries a heavy burden and is in desperate need of help. Thus, starts this novel, which alternates the narration in first person between these two complex and mesmerizing characters. The story also goes back and forth in time, between past and present, and as we learn more about Kathy's misfortune, we get drawn deeper and deeper into this wonderful novel.
There are several interesting topics intertwined in this story, such as interracial marriages, the effects of war, and infant death. The author treats these topics seriously and delves deep into how they affect the characters of her story.
I do not feel I exaggerate when I say that this is one of the best books I have read in the last few years. I am looking forward to discovering more works by this great author.
Kathy goes back in time from her arrival on "Pacific Avenue" in SoCal, to the years just prior and her complicated, young-adult life, her bi-racial relationship with a troubled Viet Nam vet named Richard, their child, Jamie, and her racist parents--particularly her hateful mother--and her relationship/s with a group known as the "Motleys," who put on puppet shows for a living. Skimming over anything to do with the puppets and the shows, I kept looking to the pages that moved the story forward and played out the details as to why she felt the need to escape.
Ultimately, one feels great sympathy for Kathy. She's innocent and likeable; however, that internal italicized dialog kept getting in the way. On each page I wanted to tell her to SPEAK UP! Unfortunately, this writing technique ruined (for me) an otherwise compelling tale of love and loss.
I kept reading it in hopes that some joy would come to the main character. It never really did. Without giving away anything I found the book to be somewhat depressing. I guess this too was a sign of the time when the war was going on, racism was a big issue and sprinkle an "out of wedlock" pregnacy in the mix. You really have sympathy for the main character as she struggles to hold her family together and to just survive.
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Honestly? I could NOT put this book down. What a beautiful, tragic, bittersweet tale of innocence, love, loss, relationships, friendships, choices and maturity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by carol
Good story line, good writing, a very nice read. Interesting look back at race relations in America.Published 4 months ago by Lee Field
Enjoyed the story very much. It's not everyday I get to read a good book.Published 5 months ago by Consuela A. Margalotti
Part of this book takes place in LA and I am form here. I liked the part that took place on Pacific Avenue also. Read morePublished 6 months ago by marlene caballero
It started out good but it lost it's steam and the ending wasn't very fullfilling.Published 6 months ago by henry carey
It definitely kept my interest, even though parts were painful to read. I enjoyed the diverse characters.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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