The Rest of Her Life is a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ...
The Rest of Her Life is a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy -- the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarise the entire community. Leigh recounts the events of the summer that follows the tragedy, grappling with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences of her actions on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry. Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, What would I do? In this compelling story of female relationships mothers, sisters, daughters and best friends Moriarty's characters grab readers the minute they enter the story, and recollections of their vivid personalities will linger long after the last page. Well-written, convincing and impossible to put down. -- Kirkus Reviews Laura Moriarty writes with unflinching honesty and clear-eyed compassion about the worst fear that parents can imagine.' Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean Laura Moriarty was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. Her first book, The Centre of Everything, was hailed by the New York Times as a warm, beguiling book full of hard-won wisdom'.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 1401302718 2007, First Edition/1st Print and Signed by the author on the title page. Book Very Good Condition. Clean and unmarked with tight binding. Dust Jacket Very Good: Minimal wear and price not clipped. Bookseller's Inventory #FICM362.
Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED by author HC 1st ed-The author's second novel, a story of an ordinary family whose life changes in a few seconds and of the complex moral issues they face. SIGNED on the title page. 306 pp.
I was highly disappointed by this book, especially since it came from the woman who wrote "The Center of Everything," which is one of my favorites. It seems to be just another generic story about a strained relationship becoming even more strained by some sort of tragedy.
Apr 10, 2008
The Rest of Her Life
Just goes to show that we never know how big the cross is that others carry around with them. This poor mom was dragging around an iron one wasn't she? And she could not share it with her own children, how sad. It would have solved all of their communication problems. What do they say, pride goeth before the fall? What a great book.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-06-11 Moriarty's follow-up to book-group favorite The Center of Everything again explores a tense, fragile mother-daughter relationship, this time finding sharper edges where personal history and parenting meet. Now a junior high school English teacher married to a college professor, Leigh has spent much of her adult life trying to distance herself from her dysfunctional childhood. Raising their two children in a small, safe Kansas town not far from where Leigh and her troubled sister, Pam, were raised by their single mother, Leigh finds her good fortune still somewhat empty. Daughter Kara, 18 and a high school senior, is distant; sensitive younger son Justin is unpopular; Leigh can't seem to reach either-Kara in particular sees Leigh (rightly) as self-absorbed. When Kara accidentally hits and kills another high school girl with the family's car, Leigh is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her daughter, her resentment toward her husband (who understands Kara better) and her long-buried angst about her own neglectful mother. The intriguing supporting characters are limited by not-very-likable Leigh's POV, but Moriarty effectively conveys Leigh's longing for escape and wariness of reckoning. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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