Along with four other bloggers-J.Kaye, Shana, Dawn and Yasmin-we are are discussing Going Down South by Bonnie J. Glover this week. Today we are here at Peeking Between the Pages and I have to say that I am really enjoying the book and it’s been hard to put it down but this time with noontime chat I’ve been trying to read along with the days of the chat so that puts me around page 100 now. So, let’s recap some of the beginning and then onto the second part…
This novel is about three generations of women-Olivia Jean who finds herself pregnant at fifteen, her mother Daisy who is feeling her own failures and Birdie-Olivia Jean’s grandmother and Daisy’s mother who I have yet to meet. From what I’ve gathered so far this story shows us a lot of how each generation manages to affect the next and not always in a good way.
Olivia Jean is by far my favorite character, at least for now. She is a very likeable and endearing character. I can really feel how lonely she is within her family. In Olivia Jean’s family, her mother Daisy is the center of attention and although Olivia Jean adores her father Turk, he for the most part has eyes mostly for her mother. At times I find it hard to read when I can so clearly feel Olivia Jean yearning for the love and attention she needs as a young girl from both of her parents.
I feel in part this pregnancy for Olivia Jean was caused by this lack of love she feels from her father. Someone made her feel good, if only for a while, and she liked that. In part, wanting to keep the baby so bad also shows her need to show the love she’s missing. After Olivia Jean finds herself in the ‘family way’, Daisy decides to become a mother for a while whisking her daughter away to her mother’s to spare Olivia Jean the shame of staying-more to avoid the shame brought on Daisy and Turk I would think.
Now, in the second part which is more about Daisy I’m finding out more about her and that not all may be as it seems in our first opinions of her. There are a couple of instances where we get a glimpse into how Daisy feels…
- ‘In that moment she had hated him for being the kind of husband he was, hated that she felt stuck, and most of all hated that she still loved him’.
- ‘And Daisy cursed herself for having a voice that cut through the night like an angry trumpet, for her inability to do more than direct when she knew more was needed, for being unable to feel what that “more” was, other than it was not something Olivia Jean was getting from her’.
These feelings from Daisy make me feel differently about her and not dislike her as much as I previously did. We don’t always know what ‘s going on in another’s life, we only see the outside. So, I’m very much looking forward to reading the next part of this book which is still focused on Daisy. I feel Daisy is how she is from how she was brought up. I’m hoping that Olivia Jean will be a good mama despite how she’s been brought up-I hope love will be able to shine through for her.
If you missed yesterday’s chat at J. Kaye’s, you can view it here
Of course, today’s is above here at Peeking Between the Pages
Tomorrow, join us at Shana’s at Literarily
Thursday is with Dawn at She Is Too Fond of Books
And Friday for our wrap up, join Yasmin over at APOOO Book Club