Book Review: Follow Me

Follow Me
Author: Joanna Scott
Pages: 432 pgs
Reading Level: Adult
Published: April 4th 2009
Review Source: Hachette Book Group
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Borders

Summary: (from goodreads) "On a summer day in 1946, Sally Werner, the precocious daughter of hardscrabble Pennsylvania farmers, accepts her cousin Daniel's invitation to ride his new motorcycle. Like so much of what follows in Sally's life, it's a decision driven by impulse and a thirst for adventure, a decision with dramatic and far-reaching consequences." Soon Sally abandons her newborn baby, the result of her impetuous joyride. Shamed, confused, and filled with a yearning to have a bigger life than the one ahead of her, she finds work, she finds love, she finds people of great kindness and others whose cruelty would crush a weaker woman. Fueled in equal measure by her eternal optimism and her mercurial moods, she embarks on an odyssey of self-creation that spans six decades, the story of which she entrusts to only one person: her granddaughter and namesake. It's an uncommon legacy that young Sally believes until her father - a man she has never known - enters her life and offers another story altogether, forcing her to uncover the truth of her grandmother's secret history.

The story develops as a long narrative detailed history of her grandmother and how her decisions affected everybody in her life. I had a difficult time staying focused, so much specific details made it  very slow to develop and made me lose interest. It is fair to say that these kind of stories are not my cup of tea, but it might interest those that like coming of age and lyrical stories

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