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Bridget had it all- for a little bit. She thought she was one of those people these things didn’t happen too. But anything is possible in her life now. Her husband is bipolar, and Maeve is autistic? Challenged? Psychotic? Little Cleo can’t be the only reason she lives. This novel didn’t go exactly the way I thought it was going too… in that I mean the typical she-can-do- it-all main heroine. Bridget is the heroine without a doubt, but not in that way. You love her character, her deepest, darkest thoughts and realizations, every flaw and the true hopeful spirit within her as you are taken away on her journey which does come full circle.
Julia, the novel’s main character drifts back and forth from present to past. Now a child psychologist, on her way to being a magistrate later on in the novel, you wonder how she has come this far in life as she reveals the darker and troubled parts of herself. Did things actually happen the way Julia seems to remember them as an eight year old; especially on that one day that changed the course of her life? Powerful book about guilt, self-deception, and forgiveness.
“How did you get to be the woman you are today?” Addie Baum’s 22- year old granddaughter wants to know. So begins a moving novel, rich in emotion and historical detail, about growing up during an era in which the “modern” woman started to emerge. The novel opens in the year 1915, and describes the life of a young woman dealing with a world that was changing: shorter skirts, woman going to college, celebrity and movie culture on the rise, and opportunities for woman that weren’t imaginable to some. Through it all, you can appreciate Addie’s adventures and sorrows, her sense of humor, her ability to realize how hard she was on herself…. and perhaps catch a glimpse or two of yourself regardless the century.