The Arms of God
"An anthem to friendship – that indefinable binding of one to another that lets us survive loss, illness, fear and even death. To miss it is to deprive yourself of a small treasure." – Jacqueline Mitchard.
Alice is making her daughter dinner when her mother Olivia, who left her at a day care center when she was four years old, appears at her door. Alice has has never really recovered from her mother's abandonment and sees her homecoming as gift. Three weeks later, Olivia dies, and Alice still knows nothing about her mother's secret life – but she's about to find out. In Olivia’s apartment, Alice finds a scrapbook that holds clues to Olivia's North Carolina childhood. Daughter of a loose, self-destructive woman, Olivia finds refuge in the home of the black children next door and their kind mother. But in that time and place, black and white didn't mix, and there would be grave consequences. Now the mystery of Olivia's disturbing past is slowly uncovered and Alice begins to understand how the power of hatred can hold a woman down – and how the power of friendship can lift her up again.
The Arms of God is the richest and most intimate book Lynne Hinton has ever written, surpassing even her popular Hope Springs trilogy.
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Review: The Arms of GodUser Review - Angela M - Goodreads
I found this book to be depressing. I kept waiting for one character to break out and be the uplifting part of the story. It ended abruptly as well, I thought there would be more resolution and ... Read full review
Review: The Arms of GodUser Review - Lillian - Goodreads
This was one of the most touching and sad books I've ever read. However, it very eloquently portrays a story of survival in the face of overwhelming life conditions and tragedies. It realistically ... Read full review