Her selfish, self centered mother, Trixie, is no help or comfort, even as she lies dying. Ramona laments, “She knew how to make rice pudding, but she wouldn’t teach me”. Trixie points out that indifference is the opposite of love, not hate, as so many people think. In some respects, she reminds me of mothers I have known from that era (doing the best they can), but I found myself really angry at her character.
Ramona's paranoia, and crumbling self esteem lead to a terrible conclusion.
A haunting and fascinating look at a time when so much was unspoken, and taboo,when sex, love, marriage and hurts were not discussed openly. In this case, a simpler time was not a better time.
Wagman is a fine writer and brings the story to life, with her wonderful, dramatic style.
I received this book from Julie Harabedian at FSB Associates. Thank you Julie!