Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.
My choice for this week is:
What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera
Published February 16, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl reinvents herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin; but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees only one terrible choice.
This book begins with a woman in jail confessing that she has done something unthinkable. She says she is a horrible mother. But she tells us we only think we know why she did what she did. She says she will tell her story, but it will be in her time, and in her words, beginning when she was a child.
This book made me think about motherhood in ways I didn’t expect.
“Motherhood is, if anything, the assumption of perfection”.
Exceptionally well-written with such well-developed characters, the story gripped me from start to finish.
How much does childhood trauma affect our adult lives?
I’ve often thought of how lucky I am. Imagine living in a place where just because you are a woman you have no rights. Where you can bring shame down on your family so easily.
“Shame is female; shame is the price I must pay for this body”
Reading this novel I felt as though I was put through an emotional wringer. I was angry, sad, and heartbroken. It provoked thoughts in me that I wasn’t expecting. Dark and horrifying but also beautiful and hopeful. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read this novel but it’s stayed with me.
I really hope to read this book again soon.