More in Anger by J. Jill Robinson
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Character and the overt ways in which ridicule and mistreatment shape the psyche are where Robinson overwhelmingly succeeds.
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Just as blue eyes or a birthmark may be passed down through the generations, so too are other, far less welcome traits, not all of them physical, but emotional. More in Anger is the poignant story of three generations of women and the emotional legacy that follows each of them throughout the years. In 1915, Opal King marries a man whose past steeped him in anger. Opal’s thwarted dreams, and her husband’s temper, reverberate and influence the life of their elder daughter Pearl. As a child, Pearl mistreats her younger sister, and as an adult woman she mistreats her husband and daughters too, even as she struggles to redeem herself. The youngest of these daughters, Vivien, strives to break free of the familiar pattern before she too passes the damage on to the next generation. The Mayfield family is a hothouse of human relationships; the forces at work are fierce and fragile, formative and destructive. A remarkable novel that explores the emotional and delicate relationships between mothers and daughters, J. Jill Robinson leads the readers up to and through the life of Vivien as she attempts to escape the family’s emotional inheritance.
 

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J. Jill Robinson is the author of four collections of short stories: Saltwater Trees (1991); Lovely In Her Bones (1993); Eggplant Wife (novella and short stories, 1995); and Residual Desire (2003). Her critically acclaimed fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and literary journals and has won numerous awards. Born and raised on the west coast of BC, she has lived extensively in Calgary and in Saskatoon. She now divides her time between Banff, AB, and Galiano Island, BC.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Thomas Allen.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Vanessa Blakeslee on Jun 29 2012

Character and the overt ways in which ridicule and mistreatment shape the psyche are where Robinson overwhelmingly succeeds.

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on May 11 2012

As for the resolution of the saga, the reader will be pleased to note there is no resort to psychotherapy on the part of any of the characters...This unpleasant character stays largely offstage, however, and the indictment against her is secondhand and forced.

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