Friday, April 28, 2017

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Katie is always the one that her family can count on, especially since her parent's divorce. But lately all that pressure, paired with unending rumors about her at school, have made her feel like she's sinking fast. When her mother gets a call out of the blue that the grandma Katie's never met is in the hospital and needs someone to pick her up, Katie assumes that the introduction of this elderly woman into their lives will be just another thing dragging her down.

Instead, she finds that she relates more to Mary (her mother's mom) more than she could have ever expected. Her own mother can't seem to stand the sight of her, but Katie is intrigued by all the stories that are locked inside this woman whose brain is being ravaged by Alzheimer's.

Unbecoming tells the story of three generations of women and the way family history looks different to every person living it.

Downham digs in to what each woman is hiding and why, which turns this character driven story into a bit of a mystery. It will leave you thinking about what stories your own family has left behind.

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Small Damages by Beth Kephart

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