The Road at My Door follows protagonist Reese Cavanaugh on a dark journey to save her family without destroying herself. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the sexual revolution, Mohr examines cultural forces shaping family life in a decade of upheaval. Road is a perfect storm of conflicting needs and beliefs about love of self, love of another, fast-changing attitudes about sex, and the toxicity of family secrets. Through Reese Cavanaugh, Lori Mohr delves into the deep tension between appearance and reality, portraying a family in turmoil.
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For me, it was hard to take the incredibly horrible situation this young woman winds up in and cannot seem to escape. If there is a happy ending, ? Not sure, as I gave up before getting that far.
sadness and bad nightmares
Be grateful if you were raised by semi-decent parents
The Road at My Door is a beautiful, heartrending work of serious literature. It’s also a page-turner and very accessible for all readers: Teens, adults, avid readers, people who read once a year; everyone.
It’s told through the eyes of a teen girl in 1960s Pacific Palisades in LA but from an adult perspective which sometimes sneaks through. A loveable, likeable, sympathetic narrator, Reece Cavanaugh struggles to hold her family together when her folks aren’t getting along. But when a Catholic priest enters the picture and meets Reece’s icy, feminist mom, everything changes. This initiates the holding of The Secret. Reece cannot tell anyone. Layers of complexity are added on and soon Reece is so deep in secrets she can hardly breathe. When it becomes clear her depression is destroying her, and her father cannot protect her, she plunges to depths seen by few. From here, the bottom, there is only one way left to go: up.
This is a redemption tale, a story of tragedy and secrets and sickness but also profound hope. It’s a quick read. I gulped it down in two short evenings. I couldn’t stop reading. I highly recommend it. As a published writer myself, who makes a living as a book editor, I can say from experience: This is some of the strongest writing I’ve seen in a long time. It comes recommended by David Corbett, New York Times Notable author (The Art of Character) and Nancie Clare, former editor-in-chief of “LA,” the LA Times magazine.
Listen to this book. You will not regret it.
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