All She Ever Wanted

All She Ever Wanted

Paperback - 2005
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All She Ever Wanted is the emotion-packed story of three generations of women: Kathleen, her mother, Eleanor, and her grandmother, Fiona. Each woman left home to escape her family's past and to start a new life. Kathleen has been estranged from her family for 35 years, and she is torn between the need to forgive and the urge to forget. Hoping to find answers that will patch the wounds of her tattered heart and salvage her relationship with her daughter, Kathleen embarks on a journey into her family's mysterious past.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. :, Bethany House Publishers,, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780764228896
Branch Call Number: FIC AUS
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 22 cm

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Librarian_Deb Jul 05, 2017

Kathleen doesn't like to talk about her past. But a confrontation with her daughter and an invitation from her estranged sister force her to open up about her background. As she and her daughter travel to the New York town where she grew up, she tells her about what it was like to grow up in extreme poverty, with a dad who was a thief and a mother who was chronically depressed and ill. Kathleen never wanted to visit the places and people that caused her so much pain again. But returning to her hometown gives her a chance to learn the truth about Eleanor, her once vibrant mother, and Fiona, the grandmother she barely knew.
The story unfolds slowly, with pieces gradually falling into place. The characters and the lessons they learn are meaningful and the places and situations so well described that it is easy to get caught up in the story.
A strong tale exploring the consequences of the decisions made by 3 generations of women.

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