H Lily s eyes and the lens is coloured She is unsure of their relationship and while she loves her mother she is wary of her For want of any companionship she becomes close to a Japanese boy Tosi whom Sheridan has informally adopted but who acts as a servant for the family especially for Anna But there is trouble in paradise Anna is unstable and Sheridan appears unable or unwilling to help her and the beauty of the house and the lush environment its sights smells and sounds is heightened by Lily s unease The anger and thrill surrounding Anna is potently suggested in an early scene where the family sans father swims out to an underwater cave Only Lily ives under *the water following her mother through the small entrance into the black cave *water following her mother through the small entrance
the black it is Lily who has to tell her mother that they should return before the tide is too high and they are cut off Ultimately Lily is unwittingly implicated in a tragedy and her future becomes a life of exile flitting from place to place island to island with her young aughter and the faithful Tosi in tow If you are wondering my old sweetheart is her mother s term of affection for LilyThere is an languor and sadness about Susanna Moore s novel perhaps there is a suggestion of colonial guilt there is certainly a sense of personal guilt but this is all played out in a reamy sort of way that reminded me of those other wonderful tropical novels Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and Richard Hughes s High Wind in Jamaica There are no neat solutions just small victories small moves forward and always a redolence of regret. Lf exiled from Hawaii but still attached to Anna's tragedy And as she tries to untangle those threads of love and loyalty Moore gives us a novel of shimmering beauty and sadness My Old Sweetheart is a small classic perfectly formed and mysteriously wi. Mother is rug addict who commits suicide Father is indifferent Daughter searches for meaning of life Another ysfunctional family Meh It was an interesting story of love and loss Some stop you ead in your tracks writing Moore is a good story teller but the story here was too scattered to be meaningful I liked this better than Sleeping Beauties Very sad about both mother and father Hawaii setting interesting I am so glad that I gave this book a chance because I hated In the Cut This book is a marvelous novel set in Hawaii about a twisted co Singing the Law dependent motherdaughter relationship A young woman looks at her childhood and her mother s intoxicating beauty and suffocating need in the hopes of trying to understand the past and notuplicate the same unhealthy relationship with her own Alchemic daughter I hadn t heard of Susanna Moore before but a friend gifted me some of her books I was pleasantly surprised This story was one of those complicated tales of a family unravelled taking place overecades with lots of jumps between remembered and current contexts but avoided the reariness common tointo the black
this kind of family epic Touching real and honest in tone Thoroughly enjoyable will read by thiskind of family epic Touching real and honest in tone Thoroughly enjoyable will read by this Although I read this many years ago it s evocative escriptions Hawaii and growing up there stay with me and it remains one of my all time favorites As wwwdovegreyreadercom so perfectly Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ described it in her 1272011 reviewI always think as I read a book like My Old Sweetheart that I want to read many books like this Spell binding and measured books with a store. In this mesmerizing novel Susanna Mooreisplays a naturalist's eye for the landscape of her native Hawaii and an uncanny sensitivity to the Literature of Africa despairing love between mothers andaughters Lily Shields grows up amid the fragrance of night jasmine and bu. .
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Novels That Countenance Nothat countenance no and make you look up to think and then feel uite surprised to find that the world is still there happening around you This felt like a book of blessed uietness it has a uality of stillness and fragrance about it created in part by the heady langour of the heat with its power to oppress and stifle but also to radiate and infiltrate There is a certain light that shimmers here and a moment when Anna and Lily swim to an underwater cave that
Actually Transported Me Thereyestransported me thereyes my breath to ive and everything and feeling that slight *sense of panic about getting out again even *of panic about getting out again even I was sitting here in my thermals After the first few pages I really really really wanted to live in Hawaii By the end of the book I wasn t so sure Unbelievable My Old Sweetheart was written in 1982 it feels so fresh with a contemporary sensibility But having said that it oes remind me in tone of another book I recently written about that time Margaret Atwood s marvellous Surfacing Moore s novel is set in lush tropical Hawaii and is centred on a young uncertain teenage girl Lily Lily s mother is beautiful but prey to bouts of mania and Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature depression Lily s father Sheridan is aoctor at the local hospital and a wealthy plantation owner While he is well read interested in art etc he is remote mannered and fairly inscrutable Of course Lily and her sister and brother always take their Rebuilding dreamy wilful imaginative mother s side against their fatherWe see her parents throug. Rning sugar cane and the heady atmosphere of her mother's madness For if Anna Shields is an island unto herself fragile glamorous and fearfully needy Lily is the bridge that connects her to reality But now Lily is a young woman and a mother herself se.