Claire and Darren – Claire showers her family with parental love and Darren with romantic love. I couldn’t believe in Darren after he dutifully returned to his wife and tolerated a humdrum life. Trudy- she tolerates her mother more than I expected, loves Mercy as if she is her own child, and, oddly, loves Jules, an unlikely choice (her escape to an adventurous person? as Tammy had hoped to escape to a better life?) Tammy and Fenton – Tammy doesn’t bond with Mercy, perhaps because a baby was as demanding as Tammy herself. She chose Fenton because he gave into… Read more »
I loved the contrast between Trudy and Tammy. Trudy is so sure and steady. Where Tammy is unpredictable and unnerving. I felt sad for her with her relationship with mercy because it felt unexpressed for the girl to see and feel it. But I think Tammy always felt that Trudy could provide better for her daughter. That Trudy and Jules would give her the life she wanted for her. She sacrificed herself so her daughter could have the life. So much love for that little girl.
I think most of the love in the book was actually the characters’ idea of love. The truest love was Trudy’s for Mercy. The rest were idealistic, or at best unrealistic. I found it sad.
I agree …
I especially liked the part where the author describes how Cliare and Darren begin to understand the meaning of words like “I have never loved anyone like I love you” after they experience love of this much intensity. It made me think of how meaningless words can seem until something happens to you, and all of a sudden, those same words carry so much meaning.