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Subject: September RAL - Laurel
Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:53 PM ET
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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton discussion:

Dolly grows up to be an actress. Sorry guys, its been a month or so since i listened to the story. its dollys daughter that grows up to be an actress. so do you think the traumatic event she witnesses has any bearing on her career choice?

 



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Date Posted: 9/9/2013 5:54 PM ET
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Genie, I haven't gotten far enough to answer your question, but I thought I'd pop in to say that I loved the opening scene.  I feel that KM did an excellent job describing Laurel's teen-age angst as she lay daydreaming in the treehouse:  "....imagining a future far away from here, a life where she was beautiful and sophisticated, grown-up and scab free."  I remember feeling like that when I was 16.  Heck, I still feel that way sometimes at 66!

Again, in the second section, 61 years later, what a poignant scene in the hospital as Dorothy is nearing death.  Very nice evocative writing.



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Date Posted: 9/10/2013 3:11 PM ET
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@Donna, I agree about Morton's writing. She's also excellent at character development. I'm currently re-listening (is that a word?). I'm just about an hour into the story and so I just re-heard (there's the word!) the part you describe.

Date Posted: 9/11/2013 9:23 PM ET
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I think Laurel had a dramatic flare that she seems to have inherited from her mother.  Dolly was very imaginative and emotive as a young woman.  Later, as a mother, she was creative, told stories, and sparked Laurel's imagination.  I do think that Laurel was forced to practice lots of play-acting in order to keep the secret of what she had witnessed.  So, in that sense, a career in acting may have been a natural extension of that.

After the first two chapters, this section slowed down considerably for me.  I was entertained by Laurel's teenage angst, but it began to wear thin reading  similar things about Dolly.  At this point, I don't feel the tension is building quickly enough to keep the story moving.  I hope things pick up in the next section.

Date Posted: 9/12/2013 1:27 PM ET
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After the first two chapters, this section slowed down considerably for me.  I was entertained by Laurel's teenage angst, but it began to wear thin reading  similar things about Dolly.  At this point, I don't feel the tension is building quickly enough to keep the story moving.  I hope things pick up in the next section.

My sentiments exactly. This is why I gave the book a 2-star rating the first time I read it. By the time I got to the end, I didn't care. Although I will say the ending wasn't entirely expected. smiley



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Date Posted: 9/12/2013 2:26 PM ET
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Well, Genie, I guess I'll have to hurry up and get to the end!

Date Posted: 9/24/2013 1:55 PM ET
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Well ... BIG spoiler ahead.. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laurel wasn't Dolly's daughter.  She was Vivien's daughter as we find out at the end of the book.   But for most of the book, both the reader and Laurel herself believe that she is Dolly's daughter.   After all, it made sense.  Both Laurel and Dolly had big dreams of escaping their rural life and both fel like they were destined for bigger things.  Laurel even thinks that she inherited Dolly's tendencies towards fantasies, but Laurel channeled her fantasies into acting.

But Vivien had quite the imagination herself, as shown by what she believed about the tales of the creek in Australia - and the stories that she wove for the kids at the shelter and her own children.   So it's not difficult to see how Laurel got her creative streak from Vivien.



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