Monday, August 29, 2016

Bookreview From Oh My Bookness of Done Growed Up (Apron Strings Trilogy) by Mary Morony

Done Growed Up (Apron Strings Trilogy)  By Mary Moloney 

Publisher: Westropp Press 990p
Publication Date: May 26, 2016
Book Length: 350
ISBN-10: 0996328904
ISBN-13: 978-0996328906

Book Description:

When we last left the Mackey Family in the late 1950s, their lives were in turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty - what WEREN'T they dealing with? Ethel, a black maid in a racist world - the true heart and soul of the Mackey Family, is the children’s only constant as she fights her own numerous demons. Twelve-year-old Sallee struggles to understand the world with little enlightenment from the adults around her. Her older sister Stuart, a college student New York City, finally escaped the South and drama of her family only to succumb to the terrible temptations of urban life; Gordon, a 14 year old boy feeling anger and hatred as he begins to slowly realize the harsh reality of the people and world around him; while Ginny, newly divorced mother of four, finds that she's not the spoiled princess she once was. She is overwhelmed with responsibility, feelings of abandonment, and alcoholism. Joe, Ginny’s ex, and the children’s father, revels in new-found wealth and popularity with women, yet yearns for family and simpler times. Author Mary Morony was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, mainly by her family’s beloved black maid. Her childhood was a time of segregated schools and many places that prohibited black people. Morony’s inspiration for the Apron Strings Trilogy was her strong relationship with her maid and caretaker, who taught her more about life and love than anyone has since. Morony also uses personal life tragedies and triumphs to produce novels with real experiences and true emotion.

Book Review:
Done Growed Up
 (Apron Strings Trilogy-Book 2)
Author: Mary Moloney 
Review By: Brittany Perez 
(Oh My Bookness)
August 29, 2016

Done Growed Up (Apron Strings Trilogy) by Mary Morony is a sequel to The Apron Strings. I did not have the opportunity yet to read the first book in the Trilogy, but even without having done so did not take away the pleasure of reading it. I found this book to be successful because if like me you have not had the chance to read the first, you will not become lost, or not be able to understand the contents. The author starts off giving you a “refresher” of sorts on the Mackey Family and where they all are now, and right there makes it a successful piece on its own. You may not know their whole story, the details that may have lead them into certain predicaments, but as you read forward it all unfolds making successful stand alone if you don’t get the chance to read the other two.
Growing up in a time during the Civil Rights Movement was a difficult time for many, and the hardest on the black community, but the stress and fears, the woe’s and challenges were faced by many even outside. It was faced by those who supported the civil rights movement, their families, the young followed the adults blindly not fully understanding how serious it really was, some followed it with a sense of entitlement while others fought hard to make a difference for themselves, their families and future generations to come.

The time of the Civil Rights Movement was a time of segregation. Separate stalls, separate water fountains, separate schools and to you it may seem trivial since it has always been option but for those who lived through it black or white, for those who saw how it really was, how hard and petty the people and government was, the right to sit where you feel free to, front or back is a very big deal. Author Mary Morony knows something about the times when segregation, racism, bigotry, disloyalty and lack of trust was at its prime. When getting a divorce was a unspoken, tainted word that should not even be brought up in a civilized conversation. Mary Morony was able to weave the good, the bad and the ugly into her novels and evoke emotions about a time that has yet to be long forgotten. Inspired by the families housekeeper, Mary Morony drew from her own personal experiences along with those of a woman who would become her best friend, that held her up when it seemed there was no hope left to be found in a home of a broken family. She found solace in her words but she could never be seen out with her, go the movies, dinner, a casual strole or even  sit on the bus together.

Done Growed up ( Apron Strings Trilogy) is fictional tale about the Mackey family but the emotions you will feel are real. The author is able to weave a beautiful and complicated tale full of emotion because as you read it feels like you are there with them experiencing there ups and downs, there highs and lows. There is so much depth to Moronys characters its hard to believe that they are fictional and not a living breathing person right in front  of you.  For me, what I find best about this story, is its not hard to see it becoming a classic one day, a book read in English class during black history month. The story will remain relevant for decades to come and a reminder of behind every corner for every one bigoted ,racist fool, there are two more who want to and will embark on making a difference. Cause no matter how hard we try, racism will exist, but we can keep working on one day making it the scary story we tell as reminder, and not one that has to be lived, one day...

About The Author:

Mary Morony is an author who can write about tragedy from the inside and guides her readers through it to compassion, humor and recovery. She brings Southern charm, irreverence and wit to bear against subjects as vast as racism and as personal as alcoholism, always with a heart and soul that makes her work undeniably appealing. Her Apron Strings trilogy, a series of novels that draw on the life she knew growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a time when Virginia was still very much a part of the Jim Crow South. But amid the chaos, the woman who was the family servant also became Morony’s inspiration, teaching her love and acceptance with warmth, humor, and unending patience – and becoming the model, finally, for a central character in Apron Strings. She finds no shortage of material for her novels in the everyday lives around her. My mantra is: If it doesn’t kill you, it will make a good story – and even if it does kill you, it will make a good story for someone! I can and have found things to laugh about in death, divorce, mental illness, and most of all, people’s pettiness – including my own.” She says, “I have lived a life chock full of stories, and I do mean chock full.” She likes big projects, has a hard time reining herself in and seldom does things in a conventional time frame. This may account for her not having finished her B.A. – in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from the University of Virginia – until she was in her forties. by then with four children. The university gave her the opportunity to focus on the path that led to Apron Strings, a distillation of her experiences: a Southern childhood, in a world where everyone drank; where divorce was the “D” word and nice people didn’t get one, even though her parents’ marriage was in pieces; and where the one adult who could show her unconditional love couldn’t sit with her in the movie theater or a restaurant. Here lies the saving grace of her writing: As her characters grow and learn, she is able to refract her own life’s struggles, defeats and victories through them. A life that could have mired her in suffering has bred instead a writer full of wit, compassion, and the wisdom that comes from living and often laughing through it. Morony’s characters and settings are captured with sensitivity and an eye for realistic detail, her plots skillfully crafted by one who has “been there.”



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