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Remembered is a multi-generation family saga told by the mother of her dying son…

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Remembered is a multi-generation family saga told by the mother of her dying son.
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The book starts in Philadelphia in 1910 with Spring’s son Edward driving a streetcar into a shop window, injuring and killing many people in the process. As her son lies dying in a hospital bed and accompanied by the ghost of her sister Tempe, Spring takes her last opportunity to tell him their family history – horrific truths she has kept from him all his life.
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Overall I thought it was a very dark book. The entire idea of such brutality towards other people is terrifying. What was even more frightening is realizing how recent the events described in the book are. It has a solid and horrifying start, and I was immediately drawn to it. At the beginning of some chapters, I enjoyed the newspaper clippings that talked about emancipation and what that meant for many slaves.
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Unfortunately, I found a lot of the parts of the novel confusing. The timeline seems to jump back and forth, and the book appears to introduce characters never to be seen again. Also, the book’s central idea was Spring (Edward’s mother) retelling this whole story to him in his death bed. However, it was not very clear what impact his upbringing had on the events that forced him to do what he has done. The latter was not explained very well at all, and I found it a bit disappointing.
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TW: Slavery, abuse, rape
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This is an interesting read, but I just thought the parts of actual even that forced Edward to drive into the store was underdeveloped.

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3.5 stars out of 5 from Nerijus 🧔

5 thoughts on “Remembered is a multi-generation family saga told by the mother of her dying son…

  1. Ok this is so right up my alley. I’m adding this to my list right now!

  2. A decent book it sounds like… I just struggle when there’s a lot of jumping around sometimes.

  3. The concept does sound great, despite the darkness but I do get frustrated when stories have too many underdeveloped bits.

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