Wednesday, October 17, 2012
books as therapy
The next Berg novel I picked up was Durable Goods, about a young adolescent army brat who lives with her older sister and their widowed father. I loved this one, too.
Soon after, I went searching for more Berg titles. Lucky me when I discovered Durable Goods was the first of a trilogy (it would have been just a teeny bit ruined if I had started with the second or third in the series). Joy School and True to Form are the two sequels. I soaked up these two as well.
In doing my clinical work I occasionally encounter clients whose mothers died when they were young. It's one of the toughest losses to address. For the client, of course, yes. And for me on a personal level. Not because I lost my mother, thankfully. But just the mere act of contemplating what a loss of this magnitude means.
I've had a couple recent medical scares (barely) where I several times laid in bed at night thinking about what it would be like for my kids if something were to happen to me. It was blinding. I couldn't hold the thought. I had brief images of sitting in my bed making a video recording of all the things I think my kids, especially my daughters, need to hear from me when they're old enough to hear it (saw this on television somewhere). My chest would collapse under the weight and my mind would immediately change the subject.
But back to the books. Right now I'm looking for other novels where the heroine of the story has lost her mother. Where we see elements daughters processing what it means to grow up without a mother. Jane Eyre immediately comes to mind but other than the opening chapters we don't hear much in the way of how Jane feels the loss of her mother, per se. Or am I forgetting?
Any book suggestions, readers?