Saturday, April 27, 2013

ARC BOOK REVIEW...Mama's Child by Joan Steinau Lester

A stunning tale about the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter.Mama’s Child is story of an idealistic young white woman who travelled to the American South as a civil rights worker, fell in love with an African American man, and started a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraced them—except when it didn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. For their biracial daughter, this split further destabilizes her already challenged sense of self—“Am I black or white?” she must ask herself, “Where do I belong?” Is she her father’s daughter alone?

As the years pass, the chasm between them widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Atria Books
"Mama's Child" is a story that transcends to readers of all ages. As you would have guessed, the story of a biracial young girl named Ruby and her struggles to find her place in the world.

I was especially touched with many of the themes presented in this book because it's common things that everyone experiences in their lives: family conflicts and relationships[e.g. for Ruby the divorce of her parents and split of her family], feeling inferior to others and wanting acceptance, and also finding yourself.

I found myself really engrossed with Ruby's plight throughout the entire novel and was captivated from how all of these feelings and experiences cultivate into making her the self-confident person she is years from then.

Over all, "Mama's Child" is a definite read you readers should pick up!

My Rating:

-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9.5
-Cover : 7

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