Genre: Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
A cave woman appears on a fire escape in Brooklyn in 1967, a time when nothing seen on the street or in the news is surprising anymore. It's a time of sit ins and love ins, of mini skirts, tie dyes and Afros. The Vietnam war. As Mary Polleti, housewife, watches a storm rolling in over Flatbush, she sees the woman huddled outside her kitchen window and reaches out to her. This is the beginning of an unlikely, tender friendship between two women and the opportunity that opens up to Mary that she could never have imagined possible. With Linda as catalyst, the story carries on to an unexpected resolution. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, it's a story about women, and for women.
The book was well written. However, it was not a book that I really enjoyed. I know there are those out there who will enjoy it. I had trouble following the storyline. I understood that this was a look at how women were viewed in the 60s. I felt that in a way it was a little degrading of men. Mary seemed to be quite a bit like her mother. I felt the book was a little depressing and negative. That may be why I didn’t care for it. Would I recommend it? Yes, I know there is an audience out there. This was just not the book for me. I do believe the author is a great future in front of her. She writes well.