Sorry to have fallen off the edge of the cyber earth..we had a tragic death in the family and my nephew was killed.
I am so happy to see that you all enjoyed the book, since I was worried about choosing it. That was an interesting point, how the mother never even had a name in the story. I didn't even notice that!
I thought the book spoke about so many interesting subtopics, like how different siblings, depending sometimes on their birth order, seem to almost automatically take on a way of being, like Rose being such a caretaker, as oldest. I also think it spoke so well of the expectations we have for ourselves and those in our family, and also how very judgmental we can be!
I was glad that the mother didn't die at the end of the book but then again, I doubt that it mattered. I enjoyed reading about how much the father loved his wife, even
being sort of kooky. He was totally devoted. I wish he were able to speak more freely with his girls. They all seemed to need it, each in their own way.
I found that I had empathy for each of the sisters. For Rose, who felt such pressure to be "the good, devoted one" that she almost gave up the love of her life, for Bean who was looking for love in all the wrong places and loaded with shame, and often had far less guilt than I would have liked her to, lol, and for Cordy who was a wild child who I think just needed real connection to find "home" and stop running. I think that what she looked at as freedom was actually escape.