Thursday, September 03, 2009

Book Review: Brown Eyes Blue by Carolyn Meyer

Brown Eyes Blue
By Carolyn Meyer
Bridge Works Publishing
© 2003
228 p
Genre: Literary; Women in fiction; Mothers and daughters in fiction

Dorcas, in her mid fifties and still unable to grasp the happiness she has so longed for, returns to the town of her youth when news reaches her that her eighty-year-old mother, Lavinia, who had made a name for herself with her landscape paintings that featured the local Amish community, has now exhibited several shocking nude portraits. She more than half expected to find her mother in some state of dementia but instead encounters a more lucid and self-possessed woman than she ever remembered. Or is it just easier to identify with her now that she is moving out the back end of her own middle-age and has the experience of watching her own twenty-something daughter, Sasha, moving through her young-adulthood suffering the consequences of impetuous choices. Page by page the stories of these three women are interwove. They each have secrets they have kept from each other. They each have gained a hard-earned wisdom from their passage though life. And the ever-elusive happiness seems more easily graspable when ‘convention is given a back-seat and passions are given free reign.


Another older book review I'm recycling from Joyread. I read this in 2004 I believe.

I may be resorting to these old reviews frequently this month as posting something fresh daily is a bit more than I can handle right now. In the next three weeks I've several doctor and dentist appointments and meanwhile I'm not feeling myself. Went to the dentist yesterday but they couldn't do any work on me including taking out an abscessed tooth because my blood pressure sky-rocketed--probably mostly due to anxiety but not completely. So I've got an appointment with a Family Care Provider Tuesday to have that tended to and have him sign off on the dental work. Meanwhile the infection in my tooth is affecting the rest of me like a virus.

Today I had the pre-surgery consultation with the surgeon doing my cataract removal. And although I could have gotten a date as early as the 14th he wants me to have the BP and the infection dealt with first so my date was set for the 21st. I'm still hoping that will leave enough time for me to get my new prescription lenses in time for NaNo but I doubt it will be in time for Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon now.

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