Named for a childhood swing the author remembers as being impossible to get moving because of the rose bushes directly behind it, Watson's earnest memoir recounts her fearful, highly sheltered years growing up an only child to Ukrainian immigrants in the 1940s Alberta, Canada. Watson writes from the hindsight of her 50s, living in a Quebec addiction-recovery facility, where she has checked herself in for 28 days, unsure whether she can stay married to a husband she considers as overbearing as her mother was to her. Gradually, Watson uncovers the childhood wounds leading to her personality crisis. She undergoes a rigorous 12-step program and a systematic breaking down of her ego so that she can re-create herself.
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Irene Watson is the author of "The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference" and editor of "The Story That Must be Told." She is the managing editor of Reader Views (www.readerviews com), Reader Views Kids (www.readerviewskids.com) and host on Inside Scoop Live (www.insidescooplive.com) as well as AuthorsAccess (www.authorsaccess.com).
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When I picked up this book, I honestly have to say I did so out of the feeling to reciprocate a kindness done for me. Just as the author talks about her entrance into Avalon as a way to fit into a group. She didn't expect to really get anything out of it. Well, as a person who reads Historical Romances to escape reality, I wasn't really expecting to have the book be anything that would be of interest to me. Something I was just "doing".
What a shock and pleasant surprise!! Like Irene in Avalon, I found an incredible read that I couldn't put down and I found a meaning! Every once in a while there are those books that just "jolt" you and make you think. I'm not sure if at this point in my life I was ready for that but I guess I was because the author had me from the first page!
Although I was born in a different generation, with a different upbringing, I could identify with Irene's story. I felt as if I was in a room with her and having a discussion with my best friend. The writing was so powerful. It made me reflect on a lot in my life and it made me realize how strong and resilient people are. We are in control of our own destinies.
I was so moved by the book, I know it will be one that I re-read several times and I plan on sharing it with friends and family as holiday gifts this year. Very powerful and heart-felt indeed.