by T. Greenwood
My rating: 3 stars
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 6, 2019)
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Genre: Women's Fiction | Dysfunctional Families
Print Length: 306 pages
Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded." Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.
But two years later, when Ginny's best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth--its squalid hallways filled with neglected children--she knows she can't leave her daughter there. With Ginny's six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.
For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
A mother shattered and overwhelmed by the power of his husband’s family, an innocent baby whose only crime was being born less than perfect and a world who has turned its back on the atrocities of a facility designed to “protect and care for those like Lucy.” It will take a stark and horrifying newspaper expose to finally give Ginny the backbone to take back her two-year-old daughter with Down’s syndrome, but her methods will endanger them both.
KEEPING LUCY by T. Greenwood has everything to wrench one’s heart out, to want to reach out to help, to rage at the complacency of public ignorance and how far a mother will go to protect her child, even at the risk of endangering herself and her other child. Where was her husband? Was he cowering at his father’s feet like a whipped dog, all for the almighty dollar and a possible political future?
I wanted to love this one, but most of this tale, which, believe it or not begins in the mid twentieth century, 1969, but it just missed for me as two women take to the highway, no destination or plan in mind to stay one step ahead of the law and the family bulldozer of power. There was too much that seemed implausible, too many avenues they could have taken and yet, it became a tragic comedy of risk, broken laws and bad choices, as well as further broken laws to cover their flight.
A drama that missed my heart, but sent my nerves into a frenzy of frustration with the characters.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.