Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen

Many times throughout the novel I thought I had the story all figured out - not!  There were places I felt that it was a little slow, only to find a new twist unfolding.  I loved that about this story. 
The two girls are so endearing throughout their horrible circumstances, and I loved the richness of the characters.  A good story with more than a few good mantras for life.
 SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble

During the summer of 1968, Shenandoah Carmody's mother disappeared. Her twin sister, Woody, stopped speaking, and her once-loving father slipped into a mean drunkenness unbefitting a superior court judge. Since then, Shenny-named for the Shenandoah valley-has struggled to hold her world together, taking care of herself and her sister the best she can. Shenny feels certain that Woody knows something about the night their mother vanished, but her attempts to communicate with her mute twin leave her as confused as their father's efforts to confine the girls to the family's renowned virginia estate.  As the first anniversary of their mother's disappearance nears, her father's threat to send Woody away and his hints at an impending remarriage spur a desperate Shenny to find her mother before it's too late. She is ultimately swept up in a series of heartbreaking events that force her to come to terms with the painful truth about herself and her family.  Told with the wisdom, sensitivity, and humor for which Lesley Kagen has become known, Tomorrow River is a stellar hardcover debut.


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