Laura Baratone is a master with material. She can create masterpieces with her quilting skills. As she looks forward to her annual family reunion with her parents, her brother Steve, and her sister Caroline, the reunion turns out to be more than anyone bargained for.
When Caroline takes her brother and sister aside and tells them that she was abused by their mother as a child, a whole new door is open to the past – and to the future. As Laura tried to piece together all of this she wonders, if Caroline being over dramatic? She does have a flare for drama… or is there truth behind this accusation.
As I continue my way through Elizabeth Berg’s works I am continuously impressed with the diversity of her books. The Art Of Mending is indeed a book about mending. What does a family do when a tear in its very fabric of who they thought were is found to be frayed? How does one move on from something that seems to have happened so long ago yet exploring this history could change everything that you were.
Laura was the perfect main character for this read… she was the eldest sibling and the one that had it most together. Elizabeth Berg put much on this characters shoulders as Laura worked to separate the mother she knew and the memories she had of growing up to what was actual fact. As she sorts through her memories she starts to see things differently through these new eyes and what had appeared to be a saddened. melancholy of a sister she had in Caroline- turned out to be something much bigger.
I found the beginning of this read to drag out and take a while to get to the heart of the matter. One there, it sparked into a flame that held throughout the rest of the read. I felt much like Laura myself, trying to sort out what would eventually turn out to be truth or fiction.
A read that is on a very hard subject. Emotional abuse is every bit as damaging as physical abuse. Tearing away at a persons self-worth can damage them for life, and Elizabeth Berg sets an extraordinary example of that here when we have siblings now in their 50’s dealing with something that happened when they were between the ages of 3 -14.
Not my favorite of the Elizabeth Berg books that I have read but a worthy opponent.
The 2011 WHERE Are You reading Map has been updated to include The Art Of Mending
Rented this in audio format from my local library