A mother finds herself struggling with a new phase in her life after her children move to different places to pursue their studies and new career in Rogers’s debut. Molly Fowler never considered herself suitable for being a wife or a mother. But when the time came, she fulfilled her duties with gusto and vigor. When her daughter becomes eligible to graduate early and go to college, Molly finds herself unprepared. Will she be able to adapt to her new life as both her children leave home? The smoothly paced narrative gives voices to Avery’s increasingly rebellious teenage streak and her inherent independence, Jason’s inner turmoil as he tries to find his own place in the world, and Scott and Mile’s efforts to tone down Molly’s fiercely protective maternal streak. As a mother, Molly is thoroughly relatable. Rogers beautifully captures the complexity of Molly’s emotions as well as her maternal anxiety of letting her children move far away and the acute sense of her own vulnerabilities. And she is excellent when it comes to portraying a realistic portrait of the close, profound relationship between Molly and Mile. The themes of motherhood, dreams, passion, love, marriage, sibling bond, and questions about what it means to be a parent and letting go are expertly woven into the absorbing narrative. A compelling portrait of a woman facing the difficult phases of motherhood.
Categories: Non Fiction