Overall, an enjoyable book. However, with the back of the book stating that it was about "relationships between mothers and daughters," I expected a book that was much more wholesome then this book was. The dynamics of the relationships between these women was fractured and flawed, and the book is about the struggles that exist and harm within those relationships. There is also alot of sexual innuendo in this book that was very unexpected and a bit overdone in the frequency of it, and I hesitate to say it was done tastefully - it often made me feel as if I was reading a romance novel. On a positive note, the writing is very good and the author does incorporate several motifs and metaphors that provide a nice allegorical undercurrent to the text, which I appreciate. Overall, I would recommend this book to individuals who perhaps enjoy a stary that focuses on a tragic story, and one who enjoys romances as well as literature! I give it a mediocre recommendation becuase the book is very well-written though the stock discription is misleading in terms of the books content and the sexual innuendo is too overdone.
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Anyone interested in a mother/daughter story or who loves tales of the Irish coast will enjoy this book. Vivid descriptions of an Irish isle enhance the story. Beautiful Irish names and legends provide
This book grabbed me in from the first page and I did not have to work at it to stay interested. It is the story of three generations of women from an Irish island; their relationships and the mistakes they make in them. There is so much love in this book; between mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, man and woman, man and his homeland. I cried when I finished it. A very beautiful story.
A beautifully written book. After the death of her mother, Grainne moves to Ireland and meets the family she cannot remember and a father she didn't know she had. She hears the story of her mother, meets her father, and finds herself.
Complex and heady, this novel focuses on three generations of Irish/Irish-American women. The fluid narrative shifts among years and the voices of its compelling characters. Cl!ona's story is both past and present, memory and chronicle. She is a strong woman who understands that life is made up of mistakes and compromises, and that no two people see things the same way. Grace, her daughter, is wild, willful, and promiscuous, unable to commit herself to anyone but her daughter, Grade inne. Grade inne is seeking her place in a world she doesn't quite trust. Although Grace dies at the beginning of the book, her presence is felt throughout; Grade inne must come to terms with the beloved mother who deceived her about her past, and Grace herself narrates the chapters about her rebellious youth. Cl!ona struggles to bond with her granddaughter as she failed to with her daughter. This involving intergenerational saga looks at challenges and misunderstandings, connections made and broken, family lost and found. Teens will empathize with Grade inne as she tries to come to terms with her mother's death and her own life.
No matter what I did I just couldn't like this book. To me it was like each daughter couldn't stand being round her mother/grandmotehr so no one was getting along and no one was talking to each other. It did have a few nice moments that I enjoyed.
Although not what I expected when I bought the book, it was well written. The book focuses on the lives of 3 women, a mother, her daughter and the grandmother. The mother was a selfish slut, but the daughter and the grandmother had more substance to them. Worth the read because of the wonderful Irish island details.
I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading some of this authors other novels. 3 generations of women all trying to deal with the past and present, choices and decisions they have made. About mothers and daughters. Excellent read!
There is an island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruhc-the Island of the Mermaids-a world where myth is more powerful than the truth,and where death is never as strong as the redemptive powers of family and love.Warning Sexually Graphic !!!!
A must read if you enjoy Lisa Carey. Wonderfully told with believable, strong women characters set in both Boston and Ireland with great Irish myths and imagery throughout. This is my favorite of her novels.
This impressive first novel spans three generations of women and two continents while addressing several complex issues related to mother-daughter relationships, spiritual displacement and cultural identity. In the 1950s, teenage Cliona leaves her home, a small island on the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruch (the Island of Mermaids), and emigrates to America where, while planning to study to be a nurse, she works as a maid for a Boston family. An unwanted pregnancy thwarts her career plans and proves the first of several such events in this novel. Grace, Cliona's daughter, grows up in America but returns to the island as a teenager, experiencing as much trauma in arriving on the isle as her mother did in leaving it. Rejecting her mother's homeland, Grace returns to the U.S. with her own daughter, Grainne, and cuts all family ties. But patterns are repeated generationally like waves on each respective Atlantic shore, and the links with the past prove binding. In a sensual story of first loves, fatal decisions and alienation, Carey skillfully infuses her heroines with individual generational traits while lending them the same dreams?of mermaids and the ancient pirate queen after whom both daughters are named. Through the alternating voices of Cliona, Grace and Grainne, we eventually understand the special and distinctive burdens each generation bears, as well as the repetitious tricks of fate that have driven them apart. Though the novel suffers from a certain schematic rigidity and a tendency toward melodrama, it is, in Carey's skilled hands, an absorbing story.