#106 ~ The Torn Skirt

October 11, 2008 at 9:44 am | Posted in Books | 3 Comments
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The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey

This novel tells the story of a lost teenager named Sara Shaw whose mother chose to stay in a commune, leaving her hippy father to raise her.  Sara isn’t sure where she fits in – at home or at school.  She spent her afternoons with the burnout boys until they do something horrible to a classmate that she cannot forgive or stop thinking about.  She doesn’t understand her father any more than he understands her.  After finding her in a compromising position in the garden, he chooses to leave her at home to live by herself while he goes off to live out his crazy hippy dream.  Alone, Sara skips school and that is when she first sees Justine, the girl with the torn skirt who seems to have it all together.  Sara’s decision to find her leads her down a path that ultimately ends in personal disaster.

Rebecca Godfrey is a gifted author.  Her writing made Sara so real and Justine so intriguing.  She gave Sara flashes of hope with her interest and study in nursing while, in the context of the larger decisions she was making, illustrating her despair.  Sara tells her story from her memory as her life’s tragic circumstances are unfolding.  Godfrey’s stylistic choices with the use of quotation marks emphasizes how unreliable her story is, whether that be by choice or due to drug use.  Still, Godfrey is honest about who Sara is, even when Sara may not be honest herself

The Torn Skirt takes place in the 80s and it most definitely has that feel.  I was interested in Sara and her story from the very beginning and that held up all the way through until the end.  If you’ve ever known a lost teenager or if you were one yourself, you can relate to Sara and the impact that lack of direction and one bad decision can have on a young life.  You will remember how things are usually not what they seem.  You will recognize that those who seem confident in who they are and where they are going often are more lost than you are.

The Torn Skirt, which is Rebecca Godfrey’s first novel, was published in 2001.  I am eagerly waiting for her next.

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Behind… My September Wrap-Up

October 1, 2008 at 11:30 am | Posted in Books, Historical Fiction, LIfe, My Life with Books, Philippa Gregory, Reading | 12 Comments
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My grandfather worked in tool and die.  When he retired, he had his machines in his shed.  One of the things he loved to make the most were cribbage and euchre boards.  He gave this lovely euchre board to me quite some time ago.  Although I’m not sure how to take that on a personal level ;), it really does represent the state of my blog as the month of September has drawn to a close and October is finally underway.  Grandpa will be 91 on the 15th, so happy early birthday from your favorite granddaughter in Virginia!

September really was quite a month.  I participated in two wonderful book tours, I read 11 books (!!!!), the Literate Housewives Book Club officially started (thanks to everyone who has signed up on the forum!), we all celebrated Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and I took a road trip to see one of my favorite authors, Philippa Gregory.  While this will be a month to remember, it has left me behind on my reviews and my comments.  Hopefully October will be a good catch up month.  With my birthday, the girls’ birthdays (Ally – 22nd, Emma – 23rd), our 11th anniversary, a visit from my parents and Uncle Ryan, and a business trip to Boston, it’s sure to be eventful if nothing else.

I read 11 books this month, but I only wrote 7 reviews (including The Seamstress that I owed from August).  That leaves me 5 reviews in the hole.  I’m hoping to have those all written and published by Monday.  Here’s how my reading broke down by category:

General Fiction

House and Home by Kathleen McCleary
Will I Ever Know by Charles Henry
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey – review forthcoming

Historical Fiction

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
Immortal by Traci Slatton – review forthcoming

Young Adult Fiction

Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelly Hall – review forthcoming

Short Fiction

Months and Seasons by Christopher Meeks

Non-Fiction

One Can Make a Difference edited by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Good Person Guidebook by Richard Bayer, PhD – review forthcoming
Shrink Rap by Robin A. Altman – review forthcoming

Best Read of the Month:

Honorable Mentions:

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I hope that you all had a happy and prosperous September and will be enjoying the changing of this colors in October.

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