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The Hand That First Held Mine

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Maggie O'Farrell

Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: Maggie O'Farrell has a singular knack for sensing the magnetic fields that push and pull people in love, and inThe Hand That First Held Mine, she summons those invisible forces to tell two stories. The … see full wiki

Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1 review about The Hand That First Held Mine

Another riveting look at the joy and pain of love and motherhood

  • May 27, 2010
Rating:
+5
This stunning book tells the stories of two women- two mothers- whose lives are changed first by love and then by motherhood. These two separate stories highlight the differences between women's lives in the post-WWII and modern day eras and also the similarities of the ties that bind them. As Lexie and Elina struggle with love and loss, Elina's husband Ted struggles with the memories he can't escape (Elina almost dying in childbirth) and those he cannot call to mind (his entire childhood is a blank). As this book builds to its stunning conclusion, these two stories collide in an unexpectedly graceful way. Though the book was a little hard to sink into at first, by the time I hit page 30, I knew I couldn't put it down until finished. Highly recommended!

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