Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out.
Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when her attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail and Pearl shuts her out . . . or when she discovers the unthinkable about her nemesis, the football coach.
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Mother of Pearl brings us into the heart of a mother bound by an incredible burden, who ultimately finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.
Title: Mother of Pearl
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: September 01, 2012
Wow, what can I say about this one? Transparent and open about the realities and disappointments they are facing, Barrie and her teenage daughter Pearl are forced to make some drastic and life-changing choices about their future.
However, the journey to get these two women even talking to each other is filled with pain and anguish. As mothers, we all make mistakes and wish we could do things over. Barrie desperately tries to find a way to reach her daughter, yet Pearl has built walls around herself and seems unreachable.
I absolutely loved this story, even though it brought back some deep and painful memories from when my own daughters were teenagers. Mother of Pearl would be a great choice for book clubs, and it's an amazing debut novel that I highly recommend.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press, in exchange for my honest review.