"No one can be lonely who has a book for company." ~ Nelle Reagan

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Women Relationships in Books: Theme Thursdays 5/12/11

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between the Pages, is a fun weekly event that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it.  This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

We just celebrated Mother's day so this week's theme had to be a celebration of women. Go ahead and post on ........


Relation that one can have with a women like Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, Sister, Girlfriend, etc.


The following relates to a conversation between the parents of one of the book's (Minding Frankie) characters, Lisa. Beginning with Lisa's father: 

"She seemed upset."
"I can't imagine why."
"She doesn't have your sense of detachment - that's why."
"She hasn't gone for good.  I see her door is open.  She's left all her things here."  Lisa's mother spoke as if she were talking about a casual acquaintance.
"Of course she hasn't gone for good.  Where would she go?"
Lisa's mother shrugged her shoulders again.  "She'll end up doing what she wants to do.  Like everyone..."she said and walked out the door that her husband had just come in.
~ pages 130-131 Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

The author, Maeve Binchy, writes relationships extraordinarily well; and is known for her meticulous attention to character and relationship development.  With the myriad of characters within her novels, some that carry over from another, she has carefully woven an intricate life for each person.  Sometimes lovely and uplifting, at other times, downtrodden and dismayed; the characters face real everyday issues and struggles, with similar problems that the reader might face.  Some do it better than others and are often a work in progress, as in Minding Frankie

This quote reveals in small measure the relationships of this family.  Disinterest, detachment, and disbelief are mutual among the father, mother and daughter (who is an adult, by the way).  All is not so disheartening, though, in Minding Frankie.  One must read the rest to see all the small miracles that occur amongst the characters in this Ireland town.  

Won't you share your Theme Thursday answer in the comment section or please leave me a link so I might come visit.  (It's rhetorical;  I assume a return visit is in order)


  1. Great snippet!


  2. Your detail and thoughts on the quote is stunning. Your choice of words needless to say is impressive.
    I can't wait to read your review on this book...


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