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Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young Paperback – August 20, 2014
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About the Author
Avi Morris holds a B.A. from University of Connecticut and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. After many years as a federal attorney and then as a business consultant, Mr. Morris fulfilled a dream to write fiction. Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young is his first published novel. He and his wife, a teacher, have hosted several foster children in addition to raising three children of their own. The family resides in Connecticut.
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High points: I really liked how the author told the story from different viewpoints.
This was such a sad, tragic story, with a pretty good ending. Although it makes me physically ill to think of a young child going through this, I felt it was told with dignity.
Not so high points: The older sister is an integral part of the story at the beginning, then pretty much becomes a minor character.
I felt the story spent a lot of time focusing on the foster father's reluctance to offer the girl a permanent home. In actuality, I can completely sympathize with his emotions; I just felt the story could have moved on after a fraction of what was written.
I feel like there was a large gap between the last chapter and the epilogue. It felt awkward to me the transition between the two.
All in all, a good story, and I would be willing to read more from this author in the future.
This is an important piece of writing, as to its subject matter. Children are our most vulnerable members of our society and also our least protected. This book covers the tragedy of child abuse but also the child protection and legal system in our country. Knowing what I know, as I had worked in a group home with teenage girls (many in similar situations as the main character in this book) as well as currently working at Social Services, I am sad to say that this book was so realistic that it is heartbreaking. So, this book very realistically shows the reader how dysfunctional and chaotic many children's lives really are and how our system can both fail them and help them.
I really liked how the author told this story, the shifting in voices in each chapter was unique and effective. Not only does the reader get an emotional telling of the story but also an almost 'neutral' (for lack of a better word) telling. The more you read, the more the story unfolds. The author skillfully continues to reveal more with each chapter which is both emotionally connecting us to the characters and showing the reader how abusive households work and the damage that leaves on the children.
I like the realism of the story as well, how Hal, the main character, talks of getting sucked into becoming a foster parent by his wife and his initial reluctance in doing so, especially since all his own children were grown and have left home. The author shows the reader Hal's slow progression from reluctance to fostering a troubled child to then caring for her and then to fiercely loving and wanting to protect her. I think that kind of progression is honest and true to life. Having the story told, in part, from Hal's perspective, is pretty effective. I like that he doesn't make himself out to sound like a martyr. Just a guy who unexpectedly was able to touch and be touched by a young girl who so desperately needed help.
This was an excellent book. You will laugh a little, cry a little, be in suspense for awhile, and then you will feel uplifted after you have finished this book.
This was a book that I could hardly put down, a page-turner for sure. It takes creativity to use flashbacks to the point of not getting the reader confused, and lost between past and present tales, so I'd like to commend author Avi Morris for writing so well, and making the scenes so clear and distinct. For this, I give him raving reviews.
Having to tell a story of this nature has to be quite painful, but it is, of course, a story that must be shared. It is my hope that author Morris can network and build a lasting partnership with countless organizations/associations and administrations (family shelters) who can and will use this book to employ knowledge and assistance to families (mother's and daughters/children) who may have gone through similar incidences. This story is one of hope for justice, continued life, with ample support.
This storyline can also serve as a reminder and hint for mothers and families alike to realize the importance of safeguarding their children. As parents, we are our children's voice, keepers and protectors. Our children should know without doubt that we love them, and will do anything in our power to keep them from harm. Our children should realize our undivided love. Sometimes this means we must disregard and sacrifice our own lives, wants and desires until our children have reached the age of accountability, and can fend for themselves.
I want to applaud this author for his courage and willingness to share such a painful account of this one chapter in his life. I don't know many people who would have gotten so involved in such events in the first place, but then to share such a story in book form is quite commendable, to say the very least.
Many will want to not only read Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young, but also share it with others.
One other note: "Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young" could make an even greater, profound impact on families if developed into a movie for many to learn, reflect and conceptualize.