Things Your Mother Never Told You, Paperback Book

Things Your Mother Never Told You Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A sharp, funny and touching novel about the secrets mothers and daughters keep from each other.

From the award-winning author of MRS ZHIVAGO OF QUEEN'S PARK.'I hate you.

When I'm a mother, I'm never going to be like you...'These words come back to haunt Ros, years later.

As her marriage of twenty years collapses and her beloved twin sons prepare to flee the nest, Ros's world is tilting on its axis.

It doesn't help that her dead mother seems to have taken up residence in her head, reminding her of things she once said.As Ros tries to adapt to sharing custody of the family dog and life without her husband and boys in the house, she embarks on a new regime to stay sane: yoga, herbal remedies, internet dating.

But as Ros is trying to find herself, the arrival of a memoir her mother wrote begins to reveal a woman she never knew, taking her on a journey into her mother's past that will change for ever her idea of who she is.


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Middle-aged Ros goes in for computer-dating and hanging out with her ridiculously too-good-to-be true gay friend when her marriage stalls and her mother dies.Found the author's constant explanations of her characters actions and back-stories tedious. And - SPOILER ALERT - I fear for our schools if dumb Ros is a typical teacher. The "I like that pina colada song" guy she contacts on a dating website sounds like her husband, her husband is there when she goes to meet her date, but it takes her around another fifty pages to realise that, yep, it is her husband.The story she is drip-fed of her mother's life in apartheid Africa is far more interesting, but that drama just didn't seem to fit in within the chick-lit (woman-lit?) breezy story that surrounded it.I gave this an extra star, however for Ros's light-bulb moment:"I know where the dead go. They move into the heads of their loved ones"