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- Print Length: 316 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530732379
- Publisher: CHBB Publishing (March 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DEEJLM6
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Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Goat Children is the story of Keziah and what happens when her grandmother, her Oma, is diagnosed with dementia. She’s only seventeen and no longer lives in town with her Oma but when the only option is a home, Keziah leaves her homeschooled life with her younger sister to stay with Oma and take care of her. The woman whom she has nothing but loving memories of spending time together dementia is making her resentful and her cherished time a chore. She is faced with hardships she never imagined and through it all finds Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, the warriors who ride Pegasus a great escape. But as things don’t always make sense and her Oma becomes more insistent she begins to question their existence.
This book really got to me emotionally. While I had a different set of circumstances it is horrible to have someone you once had so many loving memories with become less than themselves. My Ma was my best friend and most important person in the world and we have a long time together even when she got sick, cancer, I still had her and while that last week she started to forget it was a short time. Still it was hard on me. The Goat Children is much different and the same, focusing on a disease we are still working to understand fully and try to cure and watching someone you love change during a much longer period. This is so real and powerful you will feel it. Oma was my Ma when I read. This is something I don’t think many of us really understand, I dealt with it but still I was much younger and while I remember it I can also sometimes forget.
Keziah has to deal with a lot and as a teenager it’s hard to give up your whole life to take care of someone. Someone you love beyond measure but who isn’t the same anymore. Mierek really captured the blender of emotions going on within Keziah in such an authentic way it’s impossible to ignore. The trials that she goes through in her quest to help her Oma are serious but I also loved learning about these Goat Children. I liked hearing Oma talk about her Goat Children just added to things for me. Also I love how it plays on the story and her own imagination and how after hearing about certain things she begins to see them. Then is it coincidence, your mind is just on them, or could they be real? The concept was great.
I enjoyed the whole story and I look forward to reading more from not only Mierek but other books that deal with real and pressing issues. Could you relate to Keziah and what she went through?
Keziah must attend public school now that she is living with Oma. This is a huge adjustment from home schooling as she now has peers to adjust to and Oma is now left alone for hours at a time. It is a huge responsibility to take care of Oma and Keziah’s peers don’t understand why she has no free time to be a teen. Keziah talks to Oma about the Goat Children. Keziah was told by her mother, that many years ago Oma wanted to write stories about them and perhaps now, she could help her. Oma says that she was once a Goat Child, a magical warrior and Oma contemplates whether she wants to return to that lifestyle. Keziah doesn’t know if it is the disease talking or if her grandmother is telling the truth but as the story continues Oma’s narrative of her Goat Children intrigues Keziah and the story starts to evolve. Keziah’s life becomes aggravating as Oma’s disease worsens. Keziah starts to feel as if she is all alone. As Keziah takes Oma to the store, I knew it was a bad idea but as I read the narrative, I was cringing, what a nightmare! There has to be something for this woman to take or something for her to do to lessen the pain for Keziah.
What an eye-opener for me to the effects of this disease. I had no idea the full extent of this disease and how numb a person must feel as a caregiver to handle this abuse. It takes a strong person and a loving person to do this. Keziah was a strong character to handle her Oma plus handle her peers and the males in her life. I wanted to know more about the goat children, I wish Oma wasn’t as sick as she was, so she could have given a clearer picture of their lives. The idea of goat children, it got me thinking.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
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