This book is the type that you would not hesitate to take to the doctor's office but at the same time could enjoy on the train. It's cover does not hint at the joy and pain that is included in the story of a mother who has lost her mobility and the daughter who strives to care for her. The ending is unexpected and while you would think the content would keep you up at night, this is not the case. It is the book to pick up when you need a dose of reality and a big smile on your face!
I read everything Elizabeth Berg writes, and I wouldn't say this is her finest, but the writing has her usual luminous quality and is a pleasure to read. This is written thrugh the eyes of a young teen girl, in the early 1960s, in Tupelo MS, who lives with her beautiful young mother who was crippled by polio when pregnant. The father has deserted, and they are able to live independently, although in poverty, only with round the clock care for the mom, most notably provided by a black woman named Peacie, whose man friend has become active in the civil rights movement. There is a constant threat, not only of civil unrest, but of the state caseworker deciding to institutionalize the mom and put the girl in foster care, for lack of proper caretakers available. The ending is way too 'pat' and easy, but the family and the times they lived in are beautifully rendered.
Not one of Berg's best books, but it's a good read. It moves a bit slow early on, but picks up a lot. I liked that it was based on a reader's story. I thought it was nice of the author to take a reader's story and turn it into a fictional novel.
Elizabeth Berg has done it again. 14 year old Diana Dunn, her mother Paige and caregiver Peacie are characters you won't forget. Set in Mississippi in the 1960's, the problems facing these folks are set against the backdrop of the turmoil of the times.
Humor and drama make this not only a fun but an educational read.
"I love all of Elizabeth Berg's stories, but never so much as when she is writing from the point of view of a young girl, as she did with Katie in "Durable Good" and "Joy School". And so it is with great pleasure that I recommend "We Are All Welcome Here", another moving tale told from the perspective of young Diana..." amazon
Good story about a disabled mother who insists on raising her daughter. They have a nurse/caretaker that helps during the day. Story of the daughter growing up & the challenges she faces with having a disabled mother.
This was an interesting story. The narration was done by the author and was great. It is a story that takes place in Mississippi in the 1960s and focuses on the lives of a mother and daughter, and their visiting nurse/housekeeper.
I have read quite a few of Elizabeth Berg's book and I found this book to be very thought provoking. The story is based on a true story which always makes me more interested. I think this book made me think of the strength in family and the preseverance of an individual to succeed regardless of obstacles. It touches on youth and the difficulties of dealing with friends and family during trying times. I really recommend this book, great to read especially when life gets you down. A real keeper.
I did not think Elizabeth Berg, whom I usually enjoy reading, did a great job on this book. I read it for bookclub and others in my group agreed that the ending was weak, and that some characters and topics could have been more fully developed.
Wow! This book made me want to read MORE of Berg. I'm putting all of her books on my wish list. Based on a true story, this book is about how an amazing woman and her equally amazing daughter deals with a disability. Well written - I re-read it 2 times.
This is the second book by Elizabeth Berg that I have read, and I loved it just as much as the first. She really has a great writing style--it draws you in and makes you feel like you know the characters. In addition to the compelling characters, the story itself is compelling. You find yourself falling in love with and rooting for Paige and Diana. The book also has wonderful historic touches to it, as pieces of the turbulent 60s are woven into the novel. Overall, I really recommend it!
I enjoy reading Elizabeth Berg's books. Her style reminds me of Ann Tyler's writing. I feel as though I am a voyeur into someone else s life and from the sidelines judge if that is what I would do in the situation. Just when I think I've figured it out Berg adds an unexpected twist to the plot.
I loved this book! The lives of these women, the connections to civil rights tensions during this time period, and the wonderful storytelling style of Elizabeth made this an unforgettable and moving tale. gabecornett
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is one of those stories that makes you smile when thinking of old time morals and lessons learned in times gone by. I loved the characters and at times, it made me cry. A must read over and over again.
Elizabeth Berg, bestselling author of The Art of Mending and The Year of Pleasures, has a rare talent for revealing her characters'hearts and minds in a manner that makes us empathize completely. Her new nove, We Are All Welcome Here, features three women, each struggling against over-whelming odds for her own kind of freedom.
It is the summer of 1964.In Tupelo,Mississippi, the town of Elvis's birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring more frequently-and violently-across the state. But in Paige Dunn's small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy,Paige in nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter,Diana, in the way she sees fit- with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.
Diana is trying in her won fashion to live a normal life. As a fourteen-year-old, she wants to make money for clothes and magazines,to slough off the authority of her mother and Peacie, to figure out the puzzle that is boys, and to escape the oppressiveness she sees everywhere in her town. What she can never escape, however, is the way her life is markedly different from others'.Nor can she escape her ongoing responsibility to assist in caring for her mother. Paige Dunn is attractive,charming,intelligent, and lively, but her needs are great- and relentless.
As summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home.Despite the difficulties thrust upon them,each of the women will find her own path to independence,understanding, and peace. And Diana's mother,so mightily compromised,will end giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match.