Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell

In the 1950’s, a headstrong young woman leaves her home in the English countryside to make a life for herself in London. Meanwhile, in present day London, a young couple struggles to care for their newborn infant after the difficult labor and birth nearly killed the mother. The life of the first young woman leaps forward in months, years and decades. She broadens her life as she makes friends, takes lovers and develops a career as a world-traveling journalist. The life of the new young mother creeps by in minutes, hours and days and narrows into the exhaustion and isolation that come with new motherhood. What is the connection between these two women? Although the author drops some broad hints, these serve only to deepen the mystery, and later the suspense of the story. Check out The Hand That First Held Mine @the the library!