I finally finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter!
When the day is done and Gabi is asleep and my home has been restored to at least the appearance of looking clean and picked up, I have to make a choice with the remaining hour until bedtime. Do I collapse into the comfy chair, prop my legs up on the ottoman and watch some mind numbing TV? Or do I curl up on the couch at the end with the light and read for a while? TV usually wins. Especially when I have Meerkat Manor on my DVR.
I'm just so wiped out physically and mentally after a long day of working, cooking, cleaning and mommying that engaging my mind in a book is the last thing I want to do. It used to be, when I was single and could stay up until 2:00 in the morning and then sleep in the next day. Until 10:00! Now, on the weekends, I've already made breakfast and run three errands by that time.
So it's taken a while to finish The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Though I sped read through the last quarter because it was just so good. I've been picking reading over TV more often than not lately.
The book was wonderful. The story grasps you from the very beginning, as you watch a decision made by one person turn into a family secret that affects not only those that do know, but also those that don't. Everyone suffers the consequences, in ways completely unforeseen. In the end, though, I was left wondering if it really would have been better the other way around. It was very thought provoking.
It's not mentioned in the book, but I imagine most of the characters went on to get a lot of therapy.
I'm so glad I was able to pull myself away from all the chick lit I was reading!
Next on my list is Amy Tan's Saving Fish From Drowning. It's had very mixed reviews, as this book deviates from her usual Asian/American family storyline, so I'm eager to read it and see what I think.