Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunday Salon... Memory Keepers Daughter

Well I finally finished "Memory Keepers Daughter".  I won't say I didn't like it.  It was heartbreaking for me.  I can understand a marriage being a difficult place to be after a tragedy.  One would think it should bring you closer together, but it most often doesn't.  Years ago there was a commercial on Television,  I believe it was for cigarettes, "you've come a long way baby"was the tag line.  Well it may be that we have come a long way, but not long enough.

Mental illness was something we've hidden away for too many years, now we don't know enough to make it better.  What happens to young people when their caregivers can no longer care for them, where do they fit in?

I think this may have been the wrong time for me to read and enjoy this book.  Too many young people in my world have gone, we still have not found a way to make them whole enough to survive, let along flourish and have meaningful lives.  Then I think, maybe they have had meaningful lives, if they have made someone, anyone have an experience that may change it for the next needy person.

Would I read this book again, probably not, too emotional for me. It's made me feel like a "flat tire" as my mother use to say, I can't seem to get up and reach for another read. But I will...

  

4 comments:

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

thanks for an honest appraisal. I wouldn't want to read that book, so i'm glad to have a head's up.

Vicki said...

I don't think this is a book for me. I'm reading more upbeat books right now.

Trish said...

I certainly hope you find something more uplifting next! I read this one when it first came out so can't remember the details but I didn't love it either. I'd probably feel even more strongly about that now that I'm a mother.

Hope you're well!

Jenny said...

I know what it's like to be deeply affected by a book, dear Irene. When I read "Sybil" about 30 years ago, I didn't sleep well for several weeks, wondering if any children I knew were being abused and having to endure it in silence. Also when I read "Sophie's Choice" I was derailed for a long time. The sadness just pervaded my heart. Read a Flavia deLuce novel next, haaahha. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie." It'll make you chuckle. xoxo