Sunday, April 3, 2016

Up from the Blue

Up from the Blue
by Susan Henderson

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: Tillie Harris's life is in disarray-her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren't unpacked, and the telephone isn't even connected yet.  Though she's not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help, a choice that means facing the painful memories she's been running from since she was a little girl.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared. 

Review:  SPOILER ALERT.  Don't read my review if you plan to read this book.  The synopsis really does not tell much about the book and there is no way to write a review without giving something away.

At first I really liked this book about a little girl who has to deal with a hard family life between a mother who clearly had mental health issues and her father who was militant.  I was looking for the plot to move forward and for Tillie and her family to grow closer together.  I wanted to see characters grow.  But that didn't happen.  This book was depressing because it didn't seem like anyone's lives changed for the better from when they were kids to when they were adults.  They couldn't overcome the burdens that their early lives put upon them.  I kept reading until the very end because I was hoping that Tillie would grow closer to her father in the present day.  I was upset that there was no adult in Tillie's life who would help her since she was clearly calling out for help.

Rating: 3 stars

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