- File Size: 1431 KB
- Print Length: 189 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Leslie A. Gordon (May 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YJWYINK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Heads or Tails Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The main character, Hilly, comes from a family who, although there to care for her, haven't really been emotionally able to love her as a child should be loved. Hilly's academy school friendships (and the mother of one friend in particular) become her family to whom she is extremely devoted and for whom she will do anything. But Hilly is concerned that as a mother, she would be too much like her real parents, and decides to never have children.
Jesse, Hilly's husband of nine years, who's first love and fiancé died, has agreed with Hilly they should not have children. Their lives revolved around fitness and marathons and fitness training. They have a happy existence with good careers and are doing quite well in their childless lives.
Enter Margot, Hilly's closest and best friend from her high school academy, who, while having the means to provide an excellent life for a child, but not the partner, chooses to artificially conceive. And then the problems begin when Margot suffers a severe psychotic post partum. Margot's Mom is her only family, and she has Parkinson's, leaving no one but Hilly to care for the 6 month old baby.
From there things in Hilly and Jesse's life get turned completely upside down.
This book is so detailed and yet not overdone, the characters well thought out and portrayed. I found my heart going out to this young woman and her ability to stick to her commitment despite her fears and doubts.
A good -- no great -- read I highly recommend. You won't be sorry.
“At some point, we reach a place in life when we’re sure there will be no more surprises. The time is different for everyone, but the feeling – a settling, a resignation – is the same. We know everyone we’re going to know. We may encounter new clients or neighbors, the kinds of people who come and go, the kind that don’t last. But eventually, we come to understand that the old flame is not going to return decades later, and that no one truly revolutionary is going to cross our paths. Our people are our people.”
“I was essentially raised by default by an African-American woman from Alabama. Virginia was our live-in housekeeper and, truth be told, my primary care-giver, even though that wasn’t part of her job description. While she was hired to keep house and prepare meals, she obviously had had some effect on me from the earliest days. This was evidenced by my first complete sentence: “Lawdhammercy Jesus, I done lost my shoe.”
“Secretly, I was convinced that Rebecca became a therapist so she could legitimately tell people what to do.”
Against her better judgement and knowing full well that it would greatly upset her husband, Hillary agrees to take on total childcare of her best friend’s baby, due to dire circumstances. This causes considerable strain and upheaval on her household, marriage, employment, and finances. While thrust into the unfamiliar tasks of caring for an infant, she filters through memories of her own childhood as well as working through her feelings toward her cold and distant parents. Caring for the child proved to be a life-altering experience for her, not just due to the energy and physical tasks involved, but in the emotional connections made, remembered, and now better understood. Self and family revelations shook her foundation and significant insights were gained into her past, which fostered change in her present and required her to restructure her long held beliefs and assumptions. Heads or Tails is thoughtfully written with sparkles of wry humor. The story is insightful as well as entertaining.
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