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Johnnie Come Lately (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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I think the reason it resonated so with me is that my niece would have been 41 this month, the same age as my youngest daughter. She struggled with anorexia for two years before she passed away just days before her high school graduation. Her heart simply gave out. She was the valedictorian of her class, and her mother, through her grief, asked if she could read her daughters speech she had prepared.
Johnnie Come Lately will give hope to others struggling through eating disorders. I love how the author developed her character. I feel as if they're real and I want to read more about them!
In a moment of unwitting honesty, she reveals her deepest secret, overheard by the one it would hurt the most. What follows is a richly layered story of lives that connect, even as they push one another away, of haunting memories, and fluttering hopes. It is a story told in both actions and words as Johnnie chronicles her questions for both the living and the dead, in the words of her journal.
Ms. Rodgers ability to lend heart and soul to each character is a rare gift and I closed the book with not just tears in my eyes, but with the feeling I had just witnessed the most intimate parts of a stranger’s life, rendering them no longer a stranger. I closed the pages with sadness for the small tragedies that can define our human condition, yet with hope for the transforming power of forgiveness.
This is a remarkable piece of writing.
LB Johnson - award-winning author of The Book of Barkley
It is not easy for me to become so absorbed in a character that she creeps into my thoughts throughout the day, but Johnnie Kitchen did just that. Once I started reading, I couldn't get her character out of my mind. Even now, I see her standing at the Soldier's Statue or peering out the attic window with her husband's arms around her.
As a former food abuser, I identified with Johnnie's earlier struggles with food, with herself, her husband, her three children....and her mother. I recognized the hard-won battle to rid herself of this terrible malady and was impressed by her show of strength.
Reading Johnnie Come Lately is a bit like being introduced in person to new people because from the moment I began reading, all of the characters sprang from the page and came to life: Johnnie, Dale, Mr. Marvel, and Mama became real people to me.
So, to call this book engrossing is an understatement.
By the time I'd finished, I knew every inch of Johnnie's kitchen, every struggle with her loving husband, Dale, and every sassy comment made by Cade, DJ, and Callie Ann. I felt Johnnie's pain and grief and rejoiced in her satisfaction when, at last, Mama talked!
This is a rare and wonderful book about a military family that took me along on a roller-coaster ride through the life of an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life.
I have a feeling that Johnnie Kitchen will stay with me for a long time. Well done, Kathleen. Well done!
Claire Fullerton is the author of Readers' Favorite award winning and Kindle Book Review semi-finalist, Dancing to an Irish Reel ( Vinspire Publishing)
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