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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781597108300
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It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elvis’s birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently--and violently--across the state. But in Paige Dunn’s small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit--with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.

Diana is trying in her own fashion to live a normal life. As a fourteen-year-old, she wants to make money for clothes and magazines, to slough off the authority of her mother and Peacie, to figure out the puzzle that is boys, and to escape the oppressiveness she sees everywhere in her small town. What she can never escape, however, is the way her life is markedly different from others’. Nor can she escape her ongoing responsibility to assist in caring for her mother. Paige Dunn is attractive, charming, intelligent, and lively, but her needs are great--and relentless.

As the summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each of the women will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. And Diana’s mother, so mightily compromised, will end up giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 2/18/2014

    " This book is fantastic. It is based on the true story of a woman who contracted polio while pregnant and gave birth to her daughter in an iron lung. She was paralyzed from the neck down! the story is told from her daughter's point of view during her 13th summer down south in 1954 Mississippi. I've always had a thing foir Elizabeth Berg's writiing, and this is a great one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cambria | 2/12/2014

    " Loved this book. Well written, tackles issues of disability and race in the early 60's. A less treacly The Help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Su | 2/11/2014

    " This was a very short novel and yet it packed a powerful message. It takes place in the South during the Civil Rights unrest of the 60s and that piece of history is woven through the story. The interesting characters consist of a mom in an iron lung, due to contacting polio when she was pregnant with her now 13 year old daughter. A very unconventional family, but probably more of a true family than most people have in their own homes. The fact that it is based on a real person makes it pack more of a wallop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collette | 2/5/2014

    " This story was basic with average characters. I have read many of Berg's books and would not recommend this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 1/28/2014

    " I like Elizabeth Berg's books in general, but this one disappointed because of its fairy tale ending. Too slick, too easy. Still a good book and enjoyable to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/16/2014

    " I ususally really like Elizabeth Berg, but this one was a disappointment. Didn't love the characters and the ending was just too trite. Elvis shows up and saves the day? I couldn't buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie Kelly | 1/14/2014

    " Nice book to read in one day. Very good story with good message "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/13/2013

    " This book has the backdrop of the civil rights movement in the South in the 1960s. The characters are unforgetable. I do wish it had included more of the history of the day though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/24/2013

    " Not my favorite Elizabeth Berg, though she still gets some things about growing up just spot on. It was good, just not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ☮Karen | 10/22/2013

    " Very powerful, moving, and heart-wrenching story of a mother immobilized by an iron lung and her teenage daughter who has to grow up very fast in her circumstances. The mother-daughter relationship is amazing. Elizabeth Berg never lets me down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Casey | 10/18/2013

    " Very good, touching story of a daughter and her mother trying to figure things out in their unusual situation. Liked the way it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chayse Hood | 9/29/2013

    " SO GOOD! different kind of story, and really thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Montoya | 6/9/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book. there was a sex scene in it and i thought it was very unnecessary but apart from that it is a great read. i love Elizabeth Berg's writing. i will definitely be picking up some more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa Hunt | 4/26/2013

    " I liked the premise of the book. However, the ending was just a little to full of conveniences. I felt like that author got tired of writing and took a really cheap ending. It would have easily been a 4 star book but the ending left me with a sour taste in my mouth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Beeman | 4/22/2013

    " This book was hard to get through. The voice is very young, but the encounters and experiences are not, so it was a strange mix for me. It was a fast read that was tied up into a neat little package at the end, which means it falls into the category of an okay book, but an awful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 4/10/2013

    " another chic book, but worth reading. About love and friendship between a mother and daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/14/2012

    " Despite the unlikely storyline, I could not put this book down. Berg's ability to use voice is strong in this piece, lending to a well-written story where I felt like I knew (and loved) the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hahnenkratt2 | 10/3/2012

    " A really sweet book that causes one to think and remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Brainerd | 8/3/2012

    " Quite interesting story of a woman completely paralyzed due to polio who is still managing to raise her daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/25/2012

    " This was a very compelling book until the end. I felt like the author tried to hard to tie everything up neatly in the last chapter or two. It's still worth reading. The characters are well done and the story is great. I just wish the ending had been a little stronger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 3/16/2012

    " I really loved this book. I have a soft spot for tough, wise women and this book has two great examples. Berg has a nice way with words that I appreciate - the dialog and narrative is true to life and relatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lutsia76 | 1/15/2012

    " This book was great!! Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12/25/2011

    " My first Elizabeth Berg. It made me a fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley Bush | 12/7/2011

    " A fast read. Took me back to the old days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BM | 8/17/2011

    " I thought the story started too slowly. The story became more engaging through the middle of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 7/23/2011

    " Similar to her other books which often including "coming of age" or family changes/difficulties, this one had some unique elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/23/2011

    " Read for a f2f book club. I had some difficulty with the Elvis Presley ending, but I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/9/2011

    " Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 4/22/2011

    " I liked the premise of the book. However, the ending was just a little to full of conveniences. I felt like that author got tired of writing and took a really cheap ending. It would have easily been a 4 star book but the ending left me with a sour taste in my mouth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 4/20/2011

    " I liked this sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/15/2011

    " Very thought provoking. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/3/2011

    " I liked this book when I finished it. I liked the messages of altruism and positivity. However, after thinking about the book, the end was very "Hollywood.". Overall, I'm glad I read it because it was a quick, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsey | 3/30/2011

    " I thought I had read all of EB's books but missed this one somehow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/16/2011

    " Didn't want it to end. Can't wait to read more Berg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/14/2011

    " Finished this book so fast. It was a super easy read but I didn't find it that superior. It was interesting no doubt but not my first love. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick easy read you don't have to think much about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna | 1/29/2011

    " This is one of my favorites. A bit reminiscent of "The Secret Life of Bees". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/20/2011

    " Both incredibly difficult to read and incredibly beautiful, if you've ever been the primary caregiver for a family member. I cried copiously afterward, despite it not actually being sad. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.