T. Greenwood, the author of acclaimed «Rust & Stardust», is releasing her new novel – «Keeping Lucy» that will be available for purchase on August 6th. I haven’t read T. Greenwood previous works but felt very How far will you go to make things right? How far will you go to protect your child? lucky to receive the ARC of her newest book, especially because «Rust & Stardust» has been on my radar ever since its release last year.
Set in a world where women were seen primarily as housewives, putting their husbands’ needs above anything else, but also the world that has seen Eleanor Roosevelt appointed the chairwoman, fighting for human rights. The world where women finally received the first slim chances to flourish in the society ruled by men. «Keeping Lucy» focuses primarily on women, women’s right, the possibility of choice and freedom.
Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.
But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.
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Virginia, Ginni, Richardson didn’t know what she got herself into when she married into Ab’s family. This wealthy life might have been a dream of every girl, but it wasn’t Ginny’s who also sought a simple life, without a huge house in suburbs, without the privileges of the old rich families.
In the beginning, Abbot junior captivated her attention by being different, by being someone who could challenge his family, and they planned their future together dreaming about a small house, nature, and freedom from the prejudices of society.
However, everything changed when Ginny got pregnant with their first son, Peyton. Ab had to postpone his plans and ask for financial help of his parents. They didn’t understand back then that financial aid would always come with power and control.
Written in “then and now” style (which I really love!), «Keeping Lucy» tells the story of Ginny and Richardson’s family after the birth of their second child, Lucy.
T. Greenwood craftily added subtle nuances in the story that helped us situate in time, focused on women and their position in the society. How people asked Ginny and Marsha “where is your husband?” or “should we call your husband?”, as if they were incapable of making decisions.
Lack of financial independence resulted from everything in Ginny’s life. She didn’t have a job, she was a stay at home mom, she received a weekly allowance from her husband to run their household that felt to her more like the payment for her services as a maid. Ab gave her a credit card to use in emergency situations only! This sounds like a very small detail, but did you know that unmarried women in 60s weren’t allowed to have credit cards? And married women had to have their husband cosign it.
And of course, there was a big emphasis on fighting for your child.
I have another novel coming out next summer! It’s called KEEPING LUCY. The idea was sparked by an actual state run institution in Massachusetts (a so-called “School for the Feeble-Minded”) that was exposed for its horrific living conditions in 1971. It’s about a mother’s fighting for the rights of her disabled daughter.– T. Greenwood
When Ginny found out in what conditions her baby girl has been living, she had to see it for herself, she had to take her away from that place. With that, we began to see Ginny’s struggles but also her joy to finally be reunited with her daughter Lucy, who was born with Down’s Syndrome.
Will she fight for her daughter against all the odds? Or will she return to her comfortable life and forget about her like a bad dream?
Enticing and thought-provoking, «Keeping Lucy» is a true tribute to mother’s love, women’s rights and the freedom of choice.
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