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A compelling story of lineage and postpartum blues. This story is told through the voice of a new mother , Majella who is doubting herself and her ability to parent. She feels crazy and even acts crazy at times. She finds an old diary of her great great grandmother and the rollercoaster gets to new heights. The best part is how this young woman discovers her own strength and how she comes from a long line of incredibly strong women. Takes every mother back to the birth of their own children and the miracle of family.
I was looking for a quick read after several very heavy books. This novel surely provided that with engaging characters, the familiar panic of new motherhood, and some good plot twists. Though I predicted them almost all, the story line kept me interested. The ending, however, was a bit abrupt, add though the author got to page -- and thought, "Oh, I have to end it here."
In any case, this book lasted for much of another insomniac night...
Excellent writing about Ginny, a frantic mother with young children during the great famine. Every other chapter about the author's struggle with postpartum depression (I know because I heard her speak) was far less interesting. At the end I began to understand better how the struggles of motherhood no matter the circumstances make for a great read. A great point was made about the goal of not judging mothers.