Set in Cape Breton Island in the 1950 s where punishment in schools were still administered with a strap Mother Superior has little sympathy for an illegitimate child and continues to belittle Mari Jen by referring to her as retarded and placing her in a group of misfits, and she slips increasingly into a protective limbo of silence At a crisis point in her life, Mari Jen gets the help she needs in her journey to adulthood and begins to re establish her dialogue with the outside world. A simple and entertaining read, yet there is actually substance to is as well I think what really kept me turning the pages is that it reminded me so much of the stories my mother has told me about going to catholic school in New Brunswick She had a teacher like Mother Superior thankfully only for one year and mischievous, older twin brothers to take care of her too. Destined For Limbo Because Of Her Illegitimacy, And Labeled Retarded Because Of A Learning Disability, Young Mari Jen Delene Retreats Into Silence Around Her Revolves A Vividly Drawn Cast Of Characters Her Mother Adele Misha, A Polish Jew The Willful, Bitter Mother Superior And Her Powerfully Intelligent Twin Brothers, Who Sleep Beside A Map Of The World They Long To Explore Brilliantly Imagined And Buoyed By The Clear Eyed Perceptions Of Youth, It Is An Eloquent And Profound Story From A Gifted Writer A strong religious ethos hovers over this child s life and book The church and sinfulness play a dominant role Mari Jen is an illegitimate child as are her two fatherless twin brothers Their mother struggles bringing up her children superstition and fear influence their daily lives Mari Jen is labelled as retarded at school by an unrelenting Mother Superior who seem to have it in for the child Mari Jen lives in a lonely, friendless, silent world which she allows herself to slip into entering adulthood Mari Jen receives help and she leaves her silent mode to embrace life a bitfully.A wonderful read and study of a quiet, shy lonely little fatherless girl. I really enjoyed this book I loved the main character and really felt for her. Author from L Ardoise, Cape Breton Nova Scotia I was easily drawn in by this local Author as much almost as when I read the book KIN by Leslie Crewe Going to look forbooks be Beatrice MacNeil Disturbing situation Who was paying attention to these children I found the book depressing, until the end Then I realized why Mari Jen went thru what she did But the book did not cast a favorable look at the Catholic Church I m not Catholic so although it bothered me, not in a personal way My mother and aunt had gone to Catholic Church so some of the punishments weren t a surprise But then there were some that did get to me Like the binding of the breast Mari Jen must have felt as free as a butterfly when that came off And her mother always wanting to protect her from badness Life happens I met the author, Beatrice MacNeil when we went on a cruise from Boston to Halifax Sidney Nova Scotia She was a very nice lady and told me why she wrote books about handicapped children I found her fascinating I bought two of her books The other one was The Geranium Window I haven t read that one yet. Really beautifully written
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- Butterflies Dance in the Dark : A Novel
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