- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478268336
- ISBN-13: 978-1478268338
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,180,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daughters (Volume 2) Paperback – February 19, 2013
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This was one of The Sweetest, Gentlest, Kindest stories I have read in a very long while. I feel 'changed', somehow, for having experienced the reading of this family's story. I started my introduction to Florence Osmund's works with "Coach House", so, naturally, I HAD to pick up "Daughters" right away. I must say, I am ever so glad I found her books and will be looking forward to her next works.
I read a few of the other reviewer's comments wherein the commenters did not like Ms. Osmund's writing style, her way of narration & describing what is going on instead of simply using the voices of the characters, themselves, as the main means of filling us, the readers, in one what was taking place. I feel a need to address that train of thought in order to give the fairest review possible.
I believe I may understand the discomfort by some readers at this author's writing style for I felt twinges of it myself, both in this book and in her first one, The Coach House. It took me until about midway into the book, Daughters, to realize what caused this... Ms. Osmund's style fit the time of the book, a simpler time than what we are now in. There was no MTV and certainly no "Twerking" going on on TV, no Youtube, no home computers during the historic times of the two book's period, which began in the 1940's. In film and on TV of that age, producers, directors and writers depending on lighting, what was happening in 'Nature', and movie sets to create their art; they did not have the computer graphics complete with extravagant lighting available today. I am certain, though, had I lived during that time period I would have felt as if I were in a very modern time, so much more modern that the period preceding it, when families would use candles and oil for lighting at night, had 'outhouses' for a restroom and cooked with fire.
If a reader is Used to reading more, share I say, 'modernized' books, where everything happens F-A-S-T, this book may seem to be a drag... If, though, the potential reader, and even those who have read it once, would go back to reread it again and allow themselves the luxury of doing so in a 'mellow' frame of mind, I foresee all readers benefiting from the experience. This book BEGS for the reader to set their troubles and the FAST pace of today's world aside and to simply soak in the era the book was written in . It quietens the soul, and politely Demands one to let loose of being in a HURRY to be able to thoroughly enjoy every exquisite moment of the reading experience. To do anything less is to do a grave injustice to the book, and to yourself.
Ms. Osmund takes great care to take the reader back in time, not only the time frame of the story, itself, but of the preceding years of members of the story line's roots, their heritage. In this masterpiece, you will become introduced to periods of America's history when many, if not most, were less than kind to anyone whose skin tone was not 'pale' enough to suit the needs of 'High Society'. If you are like me, you may find yourself feeling anguish right along with the main character, Marie, as she is aroused from her previously 'secure' life into an awareness of how 'negro people' were being treated around her as she awakens to the prejudices of that period; things that until she was in her mid-twenties she had not been aware of. The fact that she has olive skin and was raised by an Italian mother in a 'white neighborhood, went to 'white' schools, worked in a major department store where a non-caucasian person could Never have reached her status was something she had no reason to have given thought to, until... (Read to find out 'why'!)
You also will be shown examples of the music of the time period, of Artists, of men and women who are nothing short of great role models, of books written during the 1940's and before, and of the movies that came out during that time period. If so inclined, a reader could take this book, and it's prequel book, and quite literally use them as a historical learning experience. Filled within these pages are pieces of history, done so in such a soothing and gentle frame that some readers may actually miss the significance of the experience.
If it is too much to ask of the reader to slow their world down in order to appreciate the extreme care and crafting that so obviously went into the making of this novel, you will most definitely not get as much out of it. If you're in too big of a hurry to get from point "A" to point "B" to stop and smell the roses, to enjoy admiring a glorious sunset or a night sky filled with the twinkling of stars (or, absent of them and filled with the darkness only a cloud-filled, moonless night away from city lights came bring), to sit for an evening with a friend and contemplate what it Means to be who you are and to wonder how can you become "more', to FEEL, alongside the book's characters, the gentle breeze off of a lake, to hear the waves and taste the night air, perhaps then, you might be better suited to a more F-A-S-T paced book.
As for this reader, I was enriched by the experience of having met the characters in this book and needed, although I was not quite aware until I realized what was happening to me, the opportunity to SLOW my own pace at life down to a more manageable speed. It is, I am certain, a feeling that I will carry with me for decades to come.
PS: I feel like going through my cloud and dumping every F-A-S-T paced novel I own, but I won't, for my tastes are so varied than I will be able to go back to those again. Besides, to do so would be to return to living in the FAST LANE, and impulsively... Instead, I will keep THIS book, and it's companion book, handy, for when the world gets in too damn big of a hurry for me, again.
I thank you, dear Author, for enriching my life by slowing me down.
As many other reviewers have already said, he writing did tend to be flat and the slang out of place for a novel that took place in the 1950's.
Could have been better.
I really liked the beginning of the book, but it seemed to kind of drag in the middle. The language and the slang was not of the 50's era. Learning she was half black, Marie was so focused on this during the first part of the book. By the end of the book hardly anything was mentioned about it. The ending seemed kind of rushed. The last chapter wrapped up with a lot of things that was not even covered in the book.
This was very professionally written, interesting to the end. While the main character, Marie, did prove that there are all kinds of families, back then and now, she didn't quite deal with the race issue as I thought she might. No biological children, at least not at the end of this book. It would have been a perfect ending perhaps to have her own child. The author left the reader with the idea that Marie was on the path of hoping to have her own child.
This story dealt well with the issues of being bi-racial. I liked that she went back to discover her African American roots and was comfortable with her father's family. A lot to absorb in this one but well worth the time it took to read. Now, to put Coach House on my list of books to be read.