Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
I think the story begins not when Grandma buys the VDub but when she gets a call from one of her daughters who tells her that her other daughter, Luz's mother, is not dead these many years but is instead alive. I think the story is about one girl's journey to Mexico, not four different girls' journey, unless I was reading a completely different novel than the book summary claimed. But yes, Luz, did take the ashes to Mexico.
But that said, it had its good qualities. The storyline was okay and moved along well. I liked that Luz picked up the other girls on her journey and took them to the next step in their own journeys, but their journeys, the things they sought for themselves, had little, no nothing, to do with theme of the book (...something about mothers I think). I liked the girls, but they detracted from the main story; they didn't add to it. And they made for a lot of unnecessary scenes, and also made me wonder why Luz thought it would be fitting for those girls, compete strangers to her dead grandmother, to write on and glue to and basically deface the box of ashes, which, let's face it, was a weird and kind of macabre character.
This was a nice clean read. In terms of content, it does mention that Luz sleeps with her boyfriend, but I would recommend it to anyone that has a mother. I've read several good reviews from people who think this book is fabulous, but for me it left more questions unanswered than it even knew it asked.