Reading Frenzy

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Parental Angst

"The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. " ~ Clarence Darrow

Breaking Her Fall by Stephen Goodwin

I picked this book up at Costco and read the back cover, and there was no way to leave the store without this book in my basket:

"On an ordinary summer night, Tucker Jones picks up the phone expecting to hear from his fourteen-year-old daughter Kat. Instead it's another parent who reports that Kat is not, as promised, at the movies, but at a party--and makes a shocking allegation about her activities there. Furious, Tucker races to the party to find Kat already departed. But his interrogation of the teenage boys still present doesn't end until one of them crashes into a glass table top. In a second, Tucker's rage turns to remorse. Soon he is under arrest. He could easily lose his home and his business. But, most importantly, will he lose his daughter?"

Goodwin captures the parental fears that we experience when something goes profoundly wrong in our children's lives. He's the mother hen, wanting to keep all harm from his daughter--and son--and he learns the hard way that it's just not always possible to keep our children safe. It's a complex book, lots of subplots, and the reader delves not only into Kat's world in the aftermath, but into her father's life as a single dad and his relationships with his mistress and his best friend as well as her mother's story. It brings home the fact that the world us fifty-somethings grew up in is not the world of today.


At 8:55 PM, Blogger Denise said...

OK we read this awhile back. Troubling, very troubling. I didn't like it because it was so troubling. Ya know?

Something else that we read about that same time troubled me the way this one did. Luckily, I can't remember what it was.

At 8:26 PM, Anonymous the Happy Booker said...

Steve Goodwin is an incredible writer. I am glad you enjoyed the book. THB


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