Kim McLarin is respected as "one of the bravest novelists in recent times" (Philadelphia Tribune). She is a former journalist for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, among other news organizations. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down and Meeting of the Waters, McLarin is currently writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
With a big house in an upscale Boston suburb, a doting scientist husband and two cute daughters, Grace, heroine of this penetrating novel of family affection and disaffection, is living the middle-class black woman's dream. But as she tends to her kids' wearying demands, fends off her husband's desire for a son and watches her sociology Ph.D. go to waste, she feels like "a claustrophobic in a mining shaft" and fantasizes about ditching her family. It's no idle daydream-her grandmother Rae repeatedly abandoned her children to search for whatever satisfactions life had to offer a Mississippi sharecropper's daughter, while her mother, Mattie, who sacrificed her happiness for her children's, offers an object lesson in the toll that family devotion can take. McLarin (Taming It Down) weaves the stories of three generations of mothers and daughters in astringent prose ("You couldn't be expected to live without them, but you'd better remember at all times, even with the good ones, that it was you against them," Grace muses of the wild cards that are men). Her characters chafe against the bonds of poverty, racism and feminine stereotypes, but their deeper struggle is to resolve their longing for fulfillment with ties of the heart. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"readers will find Grace's desperation heartfelt and her journey
absorbing, as told in vigorous, luxuriant prose."--Washington
Readers will find Grace's desperation heartfelt and her journey absorbing, as told in vigorous, luxuriant prose.--Washington Post
readers will find Grace s desperation heartfelt and her journey absorbing, as told in vigorous, luxuriant prose. --Washington Post"
Readers will find Grace s desperation heartfelt and her journey absorbing, as told in vigorous, luxuriant prose.--Washington Post"
The book moves like a white-water rafting trip, zipping along through treacherous waters. McLarin's muscular writing spares nobody--Philadelphia Inquirer