In What we keep I found the context both unsettling and sad. This book is different then a mushy romance or a great mystery. This has happened in someones life somewhere.
That shame and pride would and could do this to a family is reality based. I would say that this book is well worth the time and effort it took to read it. I enjoyed it a lot.
A story about two sisters growing up in the 1950s in America. Their mother leaves after meeting a new friend, leaving the girls with heartache and unanswered questions. The bulk of the book is flashbacks interspersed with the thoughts of the younger daughter, now grown, as she goes to visit her mother for the first time in many decades.
How does she do it? She can get inside people's heads with such accuracy. This story rings true from page one to the end, and it is the kind of read you just can't put down. Forget sleep - read What We Keep!
This was my first Elizabeth Berg novel. I will be reading all of them. This novel was so good that i can not part with it, I want all my friends to read it first. This was such a moving novel about mother and daughter and old wounds that still aren't healed. I loved this book. It was totaly worth all the time I spent with it.
Once again, Berg keeps it simple yet profound. She is such a great writer. I loved the relationship of Ginny and Sharla; I actually respected their mom for doing what she did. My only complaint about the story was that it wasn't long enough. The end part went way to fast...I wanted to know more!!! Great Read!!
This is a fine read. As the story progressed I found myself spending more and more time reading it and was a little sad it ended. Very good characterization and equally outstanding writing. I highly recommend it.
WOW...I just finished reading this book, which was my first by Elizabeth Berg; I absolutely loved it! She is an exceptional writer and kept my interest throughout the book from page 1. The characters are so believable, and I found myself getting so involved in this book that even if I had only two or three minutes to spare, I picked it up to read because I wanted to know what happened - the hows and the whys and the effect it had on everyone involved. Berg is one of my favorite authors now, and I can't wait to pick up another book she has written. The title "What We Keep" is perfect for this book, and it's amazing and mysterious to recapture moments in our own lives to discover what we have kept, consciously or subconsciously, throughout our lives. Take time to read this book - you won't be disappointed.
Another sad book from Berg! (previously read and reviewed Range of Motion) I love how this book was told in present about happenings in the past....the demise of a seemingly perfect home in 1958. The mothers' character was amazing in the 50's with all her quirky ways of parenting. However, the story never explained the mothers point of view as to why she left.
I found this book interesting in its juxtaposition of the main character as an adult (going to meet the mother she'd not seen in 35 years) and child (at age 12, when her life took a huge turn). Both points of view were written with great insight and empathy, and the story unfolding was poignant and thoughtful. A story about growing up and love, worth reading.
This is about family ties that may be buried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but not healed and love that changes but somehow survives, seen through the eyes of a 12 year-old girl and herself, later, as an adult.
Classic Elizabeth Berg-- very relational, emotional, captivating. I adored this novel, which felt more like a movie than a book, as the characters and story come alive in the way that very few talented novelists can pull off. Excellent "chick lit", although I think everyone would enjoy this novel.
What We Keep is about ties that are buried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but never heal, and love that changes form but somehow survives...Ginny Young crosses the country for a reluctant reunion with the mother she has not seen in 35 years. During the long hours of her flight, she returns in memory to the summer when she turned 12 and her family turned inside out...Berg's tender depiction of a young girl's view of the world is uncanny and gives this story its heart. She captures perfectly what it was like to grow up in the 50s, presenting it like a long-forgotten, but still sharp photograph....What We Keep will touch you. It will allow you, for a few hours, to see the world through the eyes of a 12-year-old and feel in your adult heart the stubborn endurance of love.
Author does a good job of depicting what it was like to grow up in the '50s. A wouman in her 40's is traveling to see the mother she has not seen in 35 years and while on the airplane she travels the road of her own memories. Well written, realistic about the mother and daughter and sister to sister relationships, weaves in the levels of unspoken secrets a family can keep. Moves forward so well it was hard to put down.
Very quick read, memoir explores complex relationship between two sisters and their mother. Story set in what is a very acurate and nostalgic depiction of childhood in the fifties and early 60's.
Great read !!!
The storyline of this book never really got going in my opinion. It was an easy read, well written with great character building. The actual plot just never really grabbed my attention. While to story was about mothers and daughters, the daughter was in elementary school and the book was mostly her story.
A woman prepares to meet with her mother, estranged for 35 years, and thinks back to the year everything changed for their family. It's an honest and sad book about mothers and daughters, and truth and lies, and finding the strength to do what must be done to survive.
Ginny Young crosses the country for a reluctant reunion with the mother she has not seen in thirty-five years. During the long hours of her flight, she returns in memory to the summer when she turned twelve and her family turned inside out...What We Keep is about ties that are buried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but never heal, and love that changes form but somehow survives.