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Far from the Tree

by Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant

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I didn't enjoy this one a lot. it's a family history of a black family in the States, very defunct. The protagonists are draining. I assume they fel like real people, but the novel lacks warmth. it does portray very accurately the complex hate-relationship in families, and how people hide their own past from those nearest (and presumably dearest) to them. It got better in the second half, but the first half dragged a lot. ( )
  kikilon | Mar 31, 2009 |
Follows "Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made". Another wonderful read by these two best women friends. ( )
  p4style | Aug 3, 2007 |
I didn't enjoy this one a lot. it's a family history of a black family in the States, very defunct. The protagonists are draining. I assume they fel like real people, but the novel lacks warmth. it does portray very accurately the complex hate-relationship in families, and how people hide their own past from those nearest (and presumably dearest) to them. It got better in the second half, but the first half dragged a lot. ( )
  kikianika | Jun 19, 2006 |
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Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she'd rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she's kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. FAR FROM THE TREE is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?

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