This is the title of the book I just finished. It is such a glorious pleasure to lie on the couch, cat sleeping comfortably beside me (snoring - she gets that from my husband!), the fire roaring, on a cold, cloudy unSpring-like Muskoka day.
I am privileged. For many years I devoured articles about pedagogy: how to improve, the latest research, how to be more creative in my teaching, how to incorporate music/art/drama/dance (MADD) into curriculum, how to do things I'd done 10 years before...
Lately, I do research that interests me and enjoy, so very much, books by writers for whom I have never been able to find time.
This writer, Jodi Picoult, is a blessing. Her bio reads of a perfect life: stay-at-home husband, kids, and a writing career totally supported by her income and her family. She writes some damn fine books, too!
Plain Truth - about an Amish girl accused of infanticide. I have read a lot about the Amish, and her creation, this dairy farm that works around the circle and cycle of a deep faith, rings true. Her characters are real and have depth and breadth, as well. Her portraits of the land, the people, and this world are genius.
I read Keeping Faith a week ago by the lake. How amazing. It, too, created a character formed by her history and changed by her present until she rises, like the phoenix, to grow, learn and heal. Ms. Picoult's portrayal of society is phenomenal.
Originally, in preparing for this monthly book review, I had read only these two books. I have been off at a DART Conference in Muskoka. Things were busy. The conference was full of reports and stories by the OPP, a psychiatrist, and Women's Violence workers. We heard gruesome 911 calls, information about PTSD experienced by women, children and BABIES who are deeply and profoundly affected by such assaults. Now home I began a new novel: picture perfect. I had no idea about its content - I just brought 4 more of Ms. Picoult's books home. It turns out that this novel clearly depicts the insidious way that male offenders creep into a woman's life, and turn from a loving, caring partner, into someone who demeans, controls and despises the woman they think they love. It has deep insight into the abuse some women face, and how difficult it is to leave the men who control them, their relationships and their finances. It is a must read for all DART workers, as well as those who love women, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, who have been abused.
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