Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Review: Children of the Waters

Children of the Waters

Carleen Brice

From the back:

Still reeling from divorce and feeling estranged from her teenage son, Trich Taylor is in the midst of salvaging the remnants of her life when she uncovers a shocking scret: Her sister is alive. For years Trish believed that her mother and infant sister had died in a car accident. But the truth is that her mother fatally overdosed and that Trich's grandparents put the baby girl up for adoption becuase her father was black.

After years of drawing on the strength of her black ancesters, Billie Cousins is shocked to discover that she was adopted. Just as surprising, after finally overcoming a series of health struggles, she is pregnant - a dream come true for Billie but a nightmare for her sweetie, Nick, and for her mother, both determined to protect Billie from anything that may disrupt her well-being.

Though Trish longs to connect with her long-lost sister, Billie's feelings of betrayal are too deep to cross. But when both women are forced to confront their personal and familial demons, they begin to realize that each may have what the other needs. Like "children of the waters" - the Buddhist concept that celebrates those who are always in a state of becoming - they must release the past in order to embrace the future.

my review:

i really enjoyed this book. the characters were real and acted in ways that you would expect real people to act. the relationships were messy and complicated. the story was thought-provoking. i really enjoyed it from start to finish, even though i didn't want to read it at first. it really made me think about issues, and dealt with topics that most people consider to be off-limits in polite society, like prejudice, abortion and the like. really good and uplifting.

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