I was supposed to write this review many moons ago, i.e. when I had initially finished the book and still had the post-glow read. Unfortunately the best laid plans often go awry.
Although I did not maintain the post-glow read, I can definitely still say that this book was a true joy to read and I can see why it was developed into a show. The depth of the characters made you want to know more about them! You were definitely left wanting to spend more time getting to know each individual character.
I was most stricken by the character Cora Lee. Her childhood obsession with baby dolls that becomes an adult obsession with having babies of her own, speaks volumes to the concept of: “old habits die hard”. I was totally enchanted by this character, particularly given that I have no such affinity towards babies, so it was hard for me to grasp her obsession. But it seems that Cora Lee was most interested in the newness and freshness of babies. Babies represent what is pure in this world, and they are solely dependent on you for their care. Eventually they grow up and the world takes away this innocence that seems to fascinate Cora Lee so. Her marked indifference and almost disenchantment with her older children is particular, especially given that they were all babies at one point. However, it seems that for Cora Lee it is not about the person that the baby will become. Her focus is solely on the idea of a baby; she is not interested by the facets and differences between babies.
The other characters of this story are just as unique and enchanting, and will strike everyone in different ways. Everyone that reads this book will take to at least one of the characters.
Definitely a worthy read. One that will highlight for you the importance of maintaining relationships while also showing the importance of letting some of them go. You have to be picky; not all relationships are worthwhile.
Please read and happy adventuring!
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – John Green