Books: The Art of Mending

After enjoying the 2017 One Book South Dakota, which I wrote about here, I decided to read another OBSD selection. I read the 2004 selection, Elizabeth Berg’s The Art of Mending.


Berg’s powerful use of imagery when it comes to recalling those memories brought the story to life. She writes beautifully about everything from the sound of scissors cutting fabric at the fabric store to holidays and family vacations.

The narrator is torn between her sister and her mother when terrible allegations surface. Her struggle of wondering what to believe is detailed throughout the novel. I loved the writing and how the story is told from an unexpected point-of-view. It causes us to ask ourselves if our childhood memories are accurate, or just our own perception of what took place.


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