Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Review: Sleepwalking in Daylight

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock

What does it mean when someone who identifies herself as a mother starts to realize that she isn't just a mother. When she starts to think something is missing? In this case Samantha Friedman abandons her family emotionally and starts to focus on herself.

Meanwhile her teenage daughter Camille who is adopted starts to begin her on her own path of destruction. Drugs, sex, and doing anything that can hurt herself. Can Sam figure out what Camille is doing in time? What about her father - is he willing to face what Camille has become and his wife is busy doing?

Thoughts: This is a sobering book about what happens when you wake up one day as if your life is a dream and you realize that things aren't as good as you thought they might have been. Instead of confronting that feeling you continue to live your life on the margins - looking for that fulfillment. The lack of communication in a family though affects so much more than yourself. I am not saying that Camille's actions couldn't have occured in the "perfect" family. But instead the mother's own emotional journey made Camille a little more in the shadows - leading her away from what should have been something that the family could have shared.

This was a interesting book, not exactly a feel good summer read, but at the same time worth reading all the same.

What genre would you consider this?
Family Dynamics


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