The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue
by Barbara Samuel Ballantine Books
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 0345445694
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
Death plays a large part in the lives of ordinary women and takes many forms. And the tears women shed mark its passage. Death of a person, a marriage, dreams are all portrayed in this fascinating study of the emotions. Enter the first goddess, Berta, whose husband has died and her friends and family rally around her to form a loving circle. She has trouble dealing with their well meant smother-love and mourning her loss at the same time. Her loss brings Trudy, the second goddess into the story. Trudy is a neighbor and friend to Berta and Jade, the third goddess, who is Berta's granddaughter. Trudy has separated from an unfaithful husband whom she still loves and is in mourning for her failed marriage while she contemplates divorce and new possibilities. While she shares Berta's pain, she feels a closer relationship with Jade who has recently divorced. From the lives of these women, we get the three types of married life--lasting, failing and failed. A marvelously well-written story with a great cast of realistic characters similar to people you might know. This reader highly recommends this tale as one you won't want to put down and will wonder what happens to the people after you've finished that last page. A must read for anyone who finds life interesting.