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Winter Garden

Winter Garden

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Emotionally stunted adults who pretty much behave like children, and suddenly everyone just grows up at the end. Maybe if I knew in advance what I'm about to read, it wouldn't have felt like the first 50% was just a loooong introduction that I wanted to skip! BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It also shows you how strong women are and what are they willing to do and to sacrifice for their children and their loved ones. Unlike other non-fiction accounts of this horrible period of Russian history, this was no detached, emotionless telling of the hundreds of thousands who literally starved to death.

Don't be surprised if your eyes smart a few times and tears cloud your vision as you're reading this emotional rendering. Their fragile bond is further threatened after the death of their father, who was the glue that held them all together. Every choice changed the road you were on and it was too easy to end up going in the wrong direction. Winter Garden is the story of two sisters yearning to connect with their cold, distant mother who has constantly pushed them away.she learned something new, something she hadn’t known before: sex could mean many things; one of them was good-bye.

Now grown, Meredith and Nina have never felt loved by their mother but remain fascinated by the Russian fairy tale she used to share with them as children. Lies and secrets can destroy relationships, but understanding a person's story gives clarity into their seemingly inconceivable ways of behaving in the present, bringing empathy and understanding.And, on top of it all, the first half of the book becomes nothing more than a major repetition of the same ugly qualities that made me angry with the women to begin with. You couldn't control the direction of your family any more than you could stop the continental shelf from breaking apart. Both admired one another for exactly what they regretted the most in themselves and I found that quite interesting. Then he asks Nina to listen and to do whatever is necessary to get Anya, their mom to tell them the whole story. The transition was so powerful -- there are all these subtle details that if you read carefully, you'll catch and they'll take your breath away.

Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published. We all really loved the discussion we had for this one and we really dug deep into the emotional depth of this story and how it made us feel. Truthfully, I found many of the characters to be cold and distant and wasn't really sure that I'd ever connect with them on an emotional level but I was intrigued enough by the story to keep reading. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. Nina is interested in the fairy tale and persistent with Anya, but Meredith remains skeptical, doubting that their distant mom has anything to offer them after so many years.

It is a well-layered, intriguing and powerful family saga that explores the complicated relationships between a mother and her daughters and the two sisters. Then the father, the glue of the family, dies and little by little the mom starts revealing her life in Soviet Russia before she met their father.

Meredith Cooper and her sister, Nina Whitson, were raised by an adoring father and a pretty dispassionate and cold mother. Also, there is one scene where the older sister, Meredith, remembers that her younger sister, Nina, who is a famous photojournalist, skipped out on Meredith's wedding 20 years earlier because there was an assassination in India she had to cover. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. The ending had me sobbing, even though it was tied up a little too predictably and neatly with a couple of unlikely coincidences.But if the blurb doesn't appeal to you, then I'll be really honest and say that this book is likely not for you. Maybe too many women want a partner who will make tender, passionate love at every encounter, who will tell them non-stop how much they are loved, even while being pushed away, who never gets angry or critical or impatient, but no human being is like this, unless a lobotomy has been performed.

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