Tillie Harris' family are different. Their home life is chaotic; her father is a no-nonsense US colonel, her brother is following in his footsteps and behaving like a good little
soldier, and her emotionally fragile mother mysteriously disappears when Tillie is eight. It is only years later, when Tillie gives birth to her own child, that she is reconciled with her past. Tillie narrates this poignant and haunting struggle of a broken family doing its best to keep its secrets behind closed doors.
Comments from Groups
This book was very well received. A compelling read - hard to put down. Well written. Interesting how the author portrays life from a child's point of view and how easy it can be for a child's perception of things to be so different from the actual reality. Recommend highly. Christchurch 011 Everyone really enjoyed this book. Great discussion on family dynamics. We all found it stayed on our minds long after finishing. Tauranga 023 A disturbing book, fantastic discussion. Papamoa 001 This book was very sad, but enjoyed by most. Christchurch 274
Lots of discussion about childhood trauma...etc.
We had a very lively discussion on 'Up From the Blue' - some considered the details unbelievable and others the opposite!
Universally enjoyed. Liked the author's characterisations. Prompted good discussion.
Only 3 of us at the meeting so discussion not as robust. We were glad we read this book - compelling reading. Frustration that no help was sought for Mara, but understanding when the novel was set in 1975. Thank goodness mental health is no longer such a stigma!
Enjoyed by all. An easy read.
Mixed feelings about the book. Some really liked it and found it a page-turner, others thought it was uninspiring. Good discussion about the plot and characters, suggesting the writing was memorable. Some feeling that it was all too 'American', and possibly a too young, inexperienced writer.
All read the book and hoped for something more substantial. A bit of a dreary read - disappointing.
Great read! A book you can hardly put down, even 'sneaking away' to finish it! Thanks.
Some of our group found this book riveting, while others found it very depressing. This family was the result of the union of two people who should never have married and had children. The result was tragic and destructive. We all felt Tilly was fortunate to find a partner who seemed to be calm and supportive. Hopefully she will find healing in being a mother.
Great book, many thanks. It was our first meeting as a group and it went really well. Lots of discussion and different perspectives.
The book was enjoyed by everyone. We thought it was well-written and thought provoking.