Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"The Lost Mother"
by Mary McGarry Morris

The setting is a rural area during the Depression.

This is the story of two children, Thomas and Margaret. When their mother leaves them, their Dad is devastated and retreats into a shell. They lose their home and are forced to live in a tent in the woods.

Most times the children are cold and hungry. The father is oblivious to the plight of his children. He is gone most of the day looking for work. The older of the children,Thomas, does his best to look after his sister Margaret. The children are filled with guilt, blaming themselves for their Mother's leaving.

Most of the adults in their lives have their own agendas and let these children down. The children are left to their own devises to survive.

This book is well-written, I would not say that "It is a must read," but if you take it out you WILL finish it.

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