About the Book:
On the cusp of adulthood, Rebecca Grey has no idea where her life is headed. Like many of us, she struggles to build a sustainable identity, a task made even harder by the fact that her mother is engaged in an extended breakdown and her absent father has another family to worry about. Dealing with their problems leaves little time for her own, and pretty soon, something has to give. As she toils under the weight of a tragedy that was never hers to begin with, Rebecca faces the impossible task of carving out a future for herself, all the while shadowed by the mistakes of her parents. Told with an experienced voice through the eyes of three characters.
Another Rebecca tells the story of one family’s moving inability to let go of the past, of love lost and found, and a young woman’s determination to pull herself out of disaster.
About the Author:
Tracey spends her writing time in her much-loved shed. It’s a world of her own making, like her stories. She says that stepping inside and closing the door behind her induces a feeling like the one you get in the hushed atmosphere of a church.
Another Rebecca is an intriguing read from the first page until the last, I’ll be honest, initially I didn’t think I was going to like it and then it drew me in. You feel lots of emotions while reading this book, from compassion for the innocent and devoted Rebecca, to anger at her Alcoholic mother Bex and disappointment in a father like Jack who really should have done more for his daughter. The resounding theme of this book is love, devoted love. Rebecca is devoted to Bex in spite of the very small amount of mothering she has actually given her. In her own way, it certainly feels as though Bex loves Rebecca, even though she has some sort of inner turmoil and conflict with love for anything other than her faithful booze. Jack in turn clearly loves his daughter and did love Bex, but just didn’t try hard enough. The underlying story is only dimly lit until towards the end of the book. Enough of an ember to keep you reading and guessing. You’ll feel sad on Rebecca’s behalf and angry at a pair of hopeless parents doing a disservice to a smart young woman. Although everything will make sense in the end! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a slightly darker family saga.
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