Sunday, July 25, 2010

Short and Sweet Book Review: Between Here and April

Between Here and April by Deborah Kogan (web site)
Genre: adult fiction
Publisher: Algonquin, Sept. 30, 2008
Hardcover 288 pages

From Goodreads:
When a deep-seated memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child-shocking revelations about April's mother, Adele.

Elizabeth, now herself a mother, seeks out anyone who might help piece together the final months, days, and hours of this troubled woman's life, but the answers yield only more questions. And those questions lead back to Elizabeth's own life: her own compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt and dissatisfaction, and finally, a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a wife and mother.
 Ever since Brook Shields went public about her postpartum depression, the world really learned how devastating this disorder can be (the world also learned what a jerk Tom Cruise is). If Brook had been a mother in the 1970s, it's likely her story might have ended up like Adele's. This book explores the disorder and sheds some light on the progression of mental illness and the link between depression and family history of depression. It also illustrates the lack of understanding of postpartum depression in the 1970s and thus the failure to treat it appropriately. The book started out good and kept me interested however it took a turn I didn't expect. I understand why the author chose the path she took but it didn't really work for me. This is a an adult fiction book and I wouldn't recommend it for young adults due to the sexual content.


shield maiden said...

Sounds like an interesting read, nonetheless :)! I know of women who suffered from postpartum, and to a certain extent, a lot of women go through it to certain degrees. I'll put this on my TBR pile though perhaps I'll put it lower on my list (there are so many books to read after all!). Thanks for the review!

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