I finished my book today--called: A Good Distance written by Sarah Willis. This was a new author for me and I must say that I really enjoyed her and will be looking for other books by her. This one dealt with a mother/daughter relationship and how it evolved through the years through major hurts, disappointment, grief and misunderstanding. Throw in the fact that mom has Alzheimer's and you have drama--but not over the top drama, just real life drama. This book was sweet without being sappy. Here is a review from Amazon:
Sarah Willis is one of today's most gifted novelists. Now the award-winning author delivers a heartrending story about mothers and daughters doing their best to negotiate the distance between freedom and love.
Jennifer's mother, Rose, belongs in a home. At least that's what everyone else thinks. But Jennifer has walked away from her mother too many times already, and this is one duty she intends to fulfill herself. So she takes a leave of absence from her job and invites Rose to live with her and her family. Jennifer's teenage daughter and new husband can hardly tolerate Rose and her short temper, but Jennifer is desperate to know about the memories drifting in and out of her mother's reach, sometimes comforting her, sometimes tormenting her. Jennifer longs to use these memories to help rebuild her mother's life--to remind herself, and her mother, what went wrong, so she can ask for forgiveness--or is it the other way around?
Emma Brockes didn't always love musicals. In fact, she hated them. One of her earliest (and most painful) memories is of her mother singing "The Hills Are Alive" while young Emma crossed the street to go to her babysitting gig. According to her mother, the music would keep muggers at bay. According to Emma, it warded off friends, a social life, and any chance of being normal. As she grew older, however, these same songs continued to resonate in her head, first like a broken record and then as a fond reminder of her mother's love.
Some people would slice off their arm with a plastic knife before they'd sit through Fiddler on the Roof or The Sound of Music. But musicals are everywhere, and it's about time someone asked why. From An American in Paris to Oklahoma!, Brockes explores the history, art, and politics of musicals, and how they have become an indelible part of our popular culture. Smartly written and incredibly witty, this is a book for people who understand that there are few situations in which the question "What would Barbra do?" doesn't have relevance, in a world much better lived to a soundtrack of show tunes. At the heart of What Would Barbra Do? is a touching story about a daughter, a mother, and how musicals kept them together. Part memoir, part musical history tour, it will keep you laughing and singing all at once.Off to bed with my book.......