Thursday, September 22, 2005
In a Nutshell: This book goes back and forth in time to describe the relationships of a tight knit group of women and their life experiences. In the center of this group is one woman and her relationship with her daughter in the present day. As their relationship comes to a head, the woman's own relationship with her mother and father are explored. It is through this looking back and looking forward that the mother and daughter come to some level of acceptance and forgiveness.
My Take: The relationships among these women were so developed and descriptive, it almost depressed me that I did not have a circle of friends quite like this one. It describes the strength of women in their toughest and most celebrated moments. It also supports the argument that women are not the weaker sex. This strength is drawn from our female relationships as a support system. A good "Chick" book. The other aspect of the story was the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. Women put so many expectations on their relationships with their mothers, and often times the "expecting" v.s. "accepting" is the difference between strife and peace. The book illustrates that it is through looking back at your mother's past and her relationships that you can understand her and take steps toward acceptance.