The Lauras review ✓ 3

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The Lauras review ✓ 3 ☆ I didn t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed put me in the back of her car and we left home and my dad with no explanations I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be I was wrong As we made our way from Virginia to California returning to theT unfinished business to heal old wounds and to search out lost friends This is an extraordinary story of a life; a stunning exploration of identity and an authentic study of the relationship between a mother and her child The Lauras is the new novel from the exceptionally gifted author of The Shore which was long listed for the Baileys Women s Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Ye. Lord deliver me from pointlessly graphic descriptions of blowjobs in literary fiction

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I didn t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed put me in the back of her car and we left home and my dad with no explanations I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be I was wrong As we made our way from Virginia to California returning to the places where she d lived as a child in foster care and as a teenager on the run repaying debts and keeping promises I lea. 35 stars What an odd book The Lauras is I really liked many parts of it The story is essentially a road trip told through teenage Alex's voice Alex who we eventually find out does not identify as a boy or girl goes on a two year road trip with Alex's mother Along the way Alex's mother pieces together her life for Alex There are many stories spliced together and separately many of them held my attention Both Alex and Alex's mother have had than their fair share of gritty heartbreaking experiences But I wouldn't describe The Lauras as heartbreaking Somehow Alex and mother have strength and resilience in spades Taylor is a skilful writer and she clearly loves to push many boundaries My minor complaint is that at times it felt like she was trying to fold too many identity issues into this fairly short book I liked Alex I even liked the mother who could be uite harsh But at times they lost their dimension as characters and seemed to become vehicles for identity politics Again this is a relatively minor complaint Overall I really enjoyed reading The Lauras Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy

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The LaurasRned who she was in her life before me and the secrets she had kept even from herself But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldn t forget the home we d left behind couldn t deny that just like my mother I too had unfinished business This enigmatic pilgrimage takes them back to various stages of Alex s mother s life each new state prompting stories and secrets Together they trace back through a life of struggle and adventure to put to res. Starts as a middle of the night road trip mother and child are on an adventure It becomes apparent that the Mother referred to as Ma throughout the book is looking to make amends or fulfill promises that she had made in her earlier years and is dragging Alex with her As the road trip takes them through Florida Georgia Nevada California and into Vancouver they are engaged in fist fights kidnapping breaking and entering and arson And that is just Ma's given allotment to this journey Alex is 14 years old Alex is gender neutral A uote from the story sums up Alex's feelings very well So all was good in my ueer little world until a group decided that if they couldn’t get me to cop to what variety of crotch giblets I was keeping in my pants the next best thing would be to catch me naked Refusing to be labeled or put in a box but harassed in school and refusing to state a specific gender Alex is caught in a handicapped bathroom by a number of fellow students and roughed up while being disrobed This has a dramatic effect on both Alex and Ma I felt there were some good parts to this story and also some odd twists in the authors wording that gave me pause and made me reread passages finding that a couple of times statements made no sense not even by tying into the story at a later time There were also a few time line slip ups An example of that is when the story stated that Ma slept until 3 pm in the afternoon then moved around groggily for awhile but then just a few paragraphs later stated that finally at 1 pm Ma began to pack up her things Due to these above stated reasons and others like them I felt a bit disconnected at times and did not feel that overall the story flowed as well as it could have Thank you to Penguin First to Read and Hogarth Crown Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this novel