This novel is a story about a quest to be happy. Who doesn’t want to find happiness. It sure is the modern quest. So, it is a story that will appeal to all of us on some level.
This novel has its dark side too, however. It discusses Jeanette’s struggles later in life into madness and out again, and in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people’s stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft of sorts that support everyone when we are sinking.
It is a story with a lot to think about. It is a true story behind her bestselling and much-loved novel Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. It is a very entertaining and moving story, one that readers will read and re-read many times.
I loved the story from start to finish. I love triumph stories that uplift and that shows how people can overcome obstacles, if they really work hard and are willing to go into very painful places, if necessary.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth