Wednesday 6 April 2011

Book Review: Sea Escape

Here we are, the beginning of the month, again. I love the cycle of the seasons. This book is the perfect one: sewing notions from life in the 50s, to present day. More sewing cycles.
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Sea Escape 
This fictional account of mother/daughter/grandson's relationship is beautiful. The author writes to the reader, explaining that it was sewn from the seeds of her own mother's love letters from her father.

I found it a bit teary, as you never truly stop mourning your own family, but the plot was beautifully unravelled, like a fine embroidery that is pieced together. Each square represents another frame of one's life; each stitch takes you to piece together the sum of the parts.

Griffin has captured the fine art of holding back information until you want to keep reading. I've been concentrating on my murder-mysteries for a few years, but found that this emotional account of a fabricated life led me back gently into facing and honouring the grief that is mine.

 The author, Lynne Griffin, has a couple of others books. One fiction, Life Without Summer (2009), and a non-fiction, Negotiation Generation: Take back your parental authority without punishment (2007).

Lynne teaches family studies at the graduate level, and writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston.  She appears regularly on Boston’s Fox Morning News talking about family life issues.  Lynne writes for the blog, Family Life Stories.
The reviews are varied, from delightful to dreary. I found it hard to get into it, in the beginning. But I warmed up to it. The setting is the seaside, for the most part, as well as the neonatal unit, where our hero works as a nurse.

I found it poignant, as I work on finishing the embroidery my late mother began a couple of years before she died. She couldn't finish it. I pick it up from time-to-time, but my embroidery skills are no where near her patience and perfection.


Sarah Laurence said...

I really liked how you wove your personal reading experience and other people's reviews into your review. The cover is lovely.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have a tablecloth my mother made for me. And I have the top of a quilt my great grandmother made. Both are very dear to me.

Staci said...

Nice review...I've read good things about this a while back and may read it at some point. I love that you're finishing the embroidery.

Barrie said...

How nice that you're working on your mother's embroidery. I now have the quilt I made for my mother. It feels kind of weird because, of course, I chose the colours for her. Thanks for reviewing!