Laura & Emma Book Review

The relationship between a mother and daughter can be both complicated and interesting.

Laura & Emma, by Kate Greathead, was published in 2019.

In the early 1980s in New York City, Laura has just entered her 30s without much of a plan. The daughter of an old-money, blue blood family, she has a one-night stand. The man whom she slept with has vanished and has left Laura with a parting gift: a child. Instead of ending the pregnancy or giving the baby up for adoption, she decides to raise her daughter as a single parent.

Taking place over a period of 15 years, the book explores the changing dynamic between the characters as they both age and deal with what life throws at them.

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The best way to describe the book is a sort of Gilmore Girls-ish narrative that is set in NYC instead of small-town Connecticut. The best part of the story was the relationship between the main characters. I was able to feel the feels between Laura and Emma.

Overall, it was an ok read. I wasn’t completely underwhelmed, but I came pretty close. What got me was the ending. I did not understand it at all.

Do I recommend it? Maybe

Laura & Emma are available wherever books are sold.

Of Blessed Memory

Today is the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. One year ago today, twenty children and the six adults who bravely attempted to protect their students were taken from us.

I have no personal connection to anyone connected to the shooting, but my heart bleeds just the same.

We need to make changes in this country.  I am all for protecting the rights of my fellow citizens, as well as protecting the constitution, but our guns laws must change. How many times in the news have we seen stories about innocents being murdered? How many times must we bury our loved ones? How many children will be taken before their time before things change?

The murders, in addition to putting a large and glaring spotlight on the severely needed change in gun laws, also questions how we deal with those with mental health issues. Perhaps this tragedy might had been averted had he received the necessary medical treatments.

Hindsight is always 20/20. We can always ask, what if. What if we had done something different? What if this tragedy could have been prevented?

Unfortunately, there is  no way to go back, undo what has been done. We can only remember them, of blessed memory and work to hopefully prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

On a personal note, one of the teachers killed, Mary Joy Greene Sherlach, attended the same college as I did. It’s an honor to be an alumni of the same school. RIP.

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