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Done Growed Up (Apron Strings Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 26, 2016
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Reading Done Growed Up proves a genuinely enriching experience. It will make you laugh out loud, it may well make you cry, but above all it will remind you that the true measure of our humanity is how we live our life on a day-to-day basis. An exceptional read by any standard, it is recommended without reservation. ~Book Viral
KIRKUS Review:In this second installment of a historical fiction trilogy, a couple's divorce results in repercussions for all the members of the Mackey family in 1963 Virginia. Twelve-year-old Sallee Mackey is coping well since her parents Joe and Ginny split up, in part because she's fond of her dad's new friend, Linda. But little sister Helen's too nervous to even discuss their father's place while at home with Ginny, and older brother Gordy has turned into a perpetually angry teen. Stuart, however, the oldest of the three girls, initially living with Joe, is ready to leave Charlottesville behind for a New York City college, particularly when she thinks Joe's getting married--not to Linda, but to Rosemary. Ginny's drinking, meanwhile, is getting out of hand, and she earns Sallee's wrath after she insults Linda, prompting the girl to try some profanity (really just one word, but the worst one), courtesy of her older sister. When Sallee's hospitalized with a serious illness, Ginny works at controlling her alcoholism, but problems for the Mackeys unfortunately continue. Gordy, not keen to the possibility of moving to another home, runs away, and Joe, in New York to check on Stuart's academic probation, discovers something much worse going on with his daughter. Joe eventually realizes he's still in love with Ginny, but she may not so willingly take him back. As in Morony's (Apron Strings, 2014) previous novel, maid Ethel is the family's glue. The kids sometimes seem more worried about hurting her than their mom, while endearing Ethel readily provides love and endless hugs. Even her husband, Early, contributes, making an attempt to set Gordy straight. Delving into Joe and Ginny's troubled lives eases the story's tension, especially because they're largely at fault for the Mackeys' turmoil. Joe's father, for one, was a heroin addict, and Ginny learns an unsettling fact about her background that she may want to keep secret.Morony adeptly handles the various perspectives, making it difficult to specify a protagonist, and the title, though playful, can apply to more than one character. The author likewise teases events from her earlier tale without echoing said narrative, which will surely appeal both to series newbies and returnees. A profound family melodrama that's surprisingly upbeat, thanks to the always reliable maid.
Although the middle volume of a three novel story arc (volume one being "Apron Strings"), Mary Morony's "Done Growed Up" is a complete and deftly crafted tale in and of itself. Enthusiastically recommended for community library General Fiction collections. ~ Midwest Review
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Experience taught me much about the human heart and the redemptive power of love. I have lived a life chock full of life lessons and I want to share them. I hope my readers will enjoy the characters I created, learn from their challenges and revel in their triumphs!
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And now Mary continues her epic story with Volume 2 of her Apron Strings Trilogy with an even finer and more polished novel DONE GROWED UP. The story picks up where Volume 1 left off and is best condensed on the provided synopsis: ‘When we last left the Mackey Family in the late 1950s, their lives were in turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty - what WEREN'T they dealing with? Ethel, a black maid in a racist world - the true heart and soul of the Mackey Family, is the children’s only constant as she fights her own numerous demons. Twelve-year-old Sallee struggles to understand the world with little enlightenment from the adults around her. Her older sister Stuart, a college student New York City, finally escaped the South and drama of her family only to succumb to the terrible temptations of urban life; Gordon, a 14 year old boy feeling anger and hatred as he begins to slowly realize the harsh reality of the people and world around him; while Ginny, newly divorced mother of four, finds that she's not the spoiled princess she once was. She is overwhelmed with responsibility, feelings of abandonment, and alcoholism. Joe, Ginny’s ex, and the children’s father, revels in new-found wealth and popularity with women, yet yearns for family and simpler times.’
There could not be a more propitious time to bring this story to the public’s attention as racism is still front and center, but he manner in which Mary addresses history is personal and that makes it even more poignant. Grady Harp, June 16