Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My mother's wars by Lilian Faderman

I read My Mother's Wars in exchange for review on Netgalley.com. The book was written by Lillian Faderman and published by Beacon Press.

The book provides an account of Mary, who moved from Latvia to New York for better opportunities. Mary experienced life through relationships and abortions. She finally fell in love with Faderman's father

Faderman and her mother had an excellent relationship. Her mother shared her experiences with her.

Faderman's mother got kicked out of home at 17 years old by her half-sister and brother-in-law. Her mother had training to be a seamstress but Mereleh wanted more. She wanted to dance in America. She came to the U.S. at a young age, doing chores to help out, but didn't feel completely comfortable around her half sis and her husband. She continued to learn English, while working at a factory (and that's a summary of the preface and first 14 or so pages lol (not sure of the actual page numbers). Mary finally made friends with Goldie and experienced America as more than home and work. Mary wanted to live. I have felt like Mary at times. Sometimes if you want to  have growth, you have to leave the comforts and security of home. The experience may not always be good but it teaches you valuable life lessons.  This was a good book to skim through. I liked it very much.

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