This book was a real tearjerkerit was slow to start but when it got going it start but when it got going it truly amazing Parris Mckay grows up in Rudell MS raised by her grandparents after her mother s demiseor so she thought Her grandmother revealed on her death bed a secret that would reveal generations of lies and deceit Paris decides to USE THE INFORMATION SHE WAS GIVEN TO GO AND the information she was given to go and if her Mother Emma is still alive and if so to get the "answers that will heal her broken soul Along her journey she finds an unorthodox friend in Celestea bougie uppercrest rich girl "that will heal her broken soul Along her journey she finds an unorthodox friend in Celestea bougie uppercrest rich girl to find real meaning in her life and a friendship is forged between her Celeste and Celeste s best friend Leslie As different as they all are they all had one common denominator in their livesstrained relationships or none at all with their Mothers This story accurately depicts how the past can shape usand also how secrets can destroy people and families It also shows the power of forgiveness and how the truth however bad has the power to heal us all I will be reading work by Ms Hill for sure What Mother Never Told Me was first published in trade paperback back in 2010 and it is only now that it is reissued in mass market paperback I didn t realize until after I ve started reading that this book is a re telling of the author s older story Rhythms What can I say I didn t really remember much of the previous book until things in this book make me go Hey this seems a bit familiar and check out my review of Rhythms Don t judge me please that book came out in 2002This is not a seuel to that book it s the same story retold in a different narrative format Where the previous book goes from one generation to another this one has the same story unfold through the yes of Parris McKay with a little bonus of throwaway side plots involving her BFFs that don t actually have much to do with the main plotOh and reading the review of Rhythms will spoil this book for you as due to the narrative format the Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 elements that were presentarly in that book are revealed only late in this book Be carefulParris an unsigned but talented singer discovers after the death of her grandmother Cora that her mother Emma. Raised in the Delta by her grandmother Parris McKay has the voice of an angel and the promise of a bright loving future with the man she adores But verything Parris believes about her life is rocked to the core when she discovers that Emma the mother she believed dead is very much aliveCompelled to discover the roots of this decades long deception Parris goes in search of her mother in Fra.
Summary What Mother Never Told MeOf the answers Parris is seeking Parris is too busy trying to understand why her mother and her grandmother wronged her after all and it is surely inconceivable that her grandfather may know something about her grandmother s relationship with Parris s motherThere is also a very annoying tendency for the author "to switch points of view from paragraph to paragraph whenever there is than one character in a scene "switch points of view from paragraph to paragraph whenever there is than one character in a scene get ven muddled up when these characters speak and I often get ven muddled up when these characters speak and I often myself pausing in the midst of reading to determine who is speaking what I get seasick after a while and I soon start to wish that veryone in this story would just stay in his or her room and communicate via mails and text messagesI m not sure why the author wrote What Mother Never Told Me when Rhythms is still in print but it makes sense that I have the same issues with the plot of this book as I did with that other book I find this one less readable due to the crazy head hopping however and the pointless subplots involving the useless BFFs only take up space here The whole thing is an annoying kind of pointlessness really A little confusing for me first but njoying the read A good Imaginary Runner emotional read I read it two years ago four years after my mother passed She would have been 80 tomorrow Good for anyone contemplating family secrets Good seuel to the first book Rhythms Injoyed both and really liked the From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 ending I almost didn t finish it slow start but then it got good and I kept going until thend I wasn t prepared for the nding that s good I never saw it coming Good book It seemed to go slow then speed up in different parts I hopes for in the last chapter wrap up Maybe a second book going a little bit deeper in the characters since there were so many in the short book Overall good read I am giving this five stars My second rating of five for this year Although it was a little bit slow first it picked The things people keep from their own families the longing for the love of parents lies deception forgiveness the beauty of finding parental love at last A heartwarming journey of three friends What a beautiful nding but I guess this deserves a seuel. Ain them on a journey from heartbreak to healingCompelling candid and wise What Mother Never Told Me is an unforgettable story about the power of our pasts to define us and sometimes to hold us back It is a novel about abiding love and hidden truths about family bonds that may be tested but never truly broken about the lies that tear us apart and the friendships that can make us whole again. ,
Is still alive Oh no is "her ntire life a lie Flailing dramatically she rushes to Paris to seek out her mother "entire life a lie Flailing dramatically she rushes to Paris to seek out her mother pretends to the household help so that she can avoid ugly confrontations with Parris Meanwhile Parris s new BFF cheats on her white boyfriend with a black guy the race of those guys matters here because the author brings it up but that s okay because the white boyfriend is also cheating on her so r hurray for From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read everythingPerhaps I would havenjoyed this one better if I hadn t read Rhythms I had the same issue here as I did with that book the women make so much of their personal drama with one another but are so uickly to forgive that it often seems like these women are just being unnecessarily melodramatic for the sake of putting on a show These women could have avoided a lot of trouble if they would stop being so much of a martyr Cora kept silent ven
her silence cost her those she loved and for what Edwina flails around in helpless silence until nearly loses those she loves and again for what Parris is just as melodramatic oh no so and so is not her blood relative so it doesn t matter whether she was loved in the past verything is a lie and her life is ruined Insert a high pitched dramatic No hereAt the same time the men are put on a bizarrely high pedestal Those who abandoned their women in those women s time of need due to their own bruised Doris Salcedo ego and refusal to communicate aren t forgiven because there is notven any need of forgiveness Their actions were never portrayed as wrong as it is the women s fault In a way yes the women s stubborn determination to martyr themselves brought a lot of anguish onto themselves But that doesn t mean those men were right to do what they did There is no black and white in such situations and yet the author attempts to portray them in just such a way This results in the unfortunate implication that the sins are the women s alone to bearThis guys can t do wrong because we love them point of view is to such an Twelve Days of Pleasure extent that Parris doesn tven ask her grandfather about her family secrets when the man is knee deep in the smelly stuff and I learn in the nd that he does know many. Nce but the meeting only opens old wounds for them both Hurt and disillusioned Parris finds solace in two new friends Leslie and Celeste Both have difficult relationships with their own mothers and both like Parris are coming to terms with a legacy of long buried secrets And as Emma returns to the States spurring unexpected revelations the bond that Parris Leslie and Celeste forge will sust. ,when her silence cost her those she loved and for what Edwina flails around in helpless silence until