Pretty good story about a woman who goes "back home" to help her mother get ready to move on. She discovers insight about her family and growing up, especially how she viewed her parents as a child, and that maybe she had overlooked the way things really were. Throw in a failing marriage, a new man, and the story becomes a hope for new beginnings.
Eliza White creates magical worlds for her children in her books, even though her own life has been clouded by memories of her cold, distant father and by nagging doubts about her equally remote and unfaithful husband. Her children have recently flown the nest for college, so when her widowed mother announces plans to sell the family home, Eliza, eager for a reprieve from her current reality, flies across the country to help her pack. Digging through her family's belongings, Eliza uncoves secrets that offer her startling revelations about her enigmatic parents, as well as insights into the choices she has made for herself. In putting to rest her past, she also finds new love for her mother and brother, and passion like none she's ever known in the arms of a man from Moon Lane.
This book has a good story about how our families of origin affect our lives. We may not always have an accurate perception of events that occurred in our lives as children.
The book is well written and insightful.
This book may have gotten lower reviews due to it's slow start. However, it really is an enjoyable book that leaves one something to think about. It's kinda a "coming of age" story of a woman in her early 40's. She journeys home to learn how much of her life she really had misunderstood. She renews relationships with her family and forms stronger bonds. She realizes your perceptions of life and people may not be as accurate as you once believed. This book is definately worth reading.
Title: My Life on Mars
Author: Alicia Metcalf Miller
Published by: Plume
Release Date: March 28, 2006
Format Reviewed: Trade Paperback
Genre: General Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Reviewer: Susan Johnson
Eliza White should be at the happiest point in her life. She is a successful illustrator and author for a set of childrens books. Her children are healthy, well adjusted and the youngest has just entered college and her husband has a successful business. So why the restlessness?
When Elizas aging and widowed mother calls with the news that a close neighbor has passed away Eliza is sympathetic. Her mother has decided to sell the family hone and move to Santa Fe to be closer to the grandchildren she dearly loves.
Eliza is in the mist of a writers block, suspects her husband is once again cheating and is experiencing empty nest in the worst way. She jumps at the chance to go and help her mother pack the house and escape her own problems for awhile
While packing her mothers home she discovers a secret that changes the way she views her father who was very distant during her childhood and the way her mother dealt with life in general. She also meets a younger man than has her reevaluating the way she has chosen to live her life.
I enjoyed this book although it was not a mystery which is usually my genre of choice. There was a mystery involved but the history of Elizas past and the unfolding of her future was so well told I did not mind. I would recommend this book to anyone that is approaching that mid point in life where things are so confusing.