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Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection. Praise for Mama's Girl: "Extraordinary. A troubling testament to grit and mother love. On the streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s, Veronica Chambers mastered the whirling helixes of a double-dutch jump rope with the same finesse she brought to her schoolwork, her often troubled family life, and the demands of being overachieving and being underprivileged. Her mother - a Panamanian immigrant - was too often overwhelmed by the task of raising Veronica and her difficult younger brother on her meager secretary's salary to applaud her daughter's achievements.
Mama's Girl" a memoir by Veronica Chambers captures the essence of a young female living in Brooklyn. Veronica expresses how she had a broken relationship with her parents. Especially with her mother, no matter how she excelled academically her mother had no positive reaction and showed no affection. This book is the story of Veronica Chambers' childhood and her relationships with her family, primarily with her mother. It's touching and emotional, but you see the mother/daughter relationship persevere through all the hardships and emotional battles. The writing is very easy to understand and very poignant.
This book is about the true life story of Veronica Chambers constantly trying to connect with her mother, and her going through terrible hardship with her father. I like how the description of the people, her settings and her emotions make me believe I am her and I am in the story. This should tell readers if the story they want to read is suitable for them. This is because when I was reading Mama's girl I was quite young but I still found it, in places, disturbing and I would not have liked for a younger child to have read this book and end up having nightmares.
Mama’s Girl (1996) is Veronica Chambers’s critically and popularly acclaimed second novel. The first, directed at a preteen to early teen audience, told the story of Marisol and Magdalena, best friends of Panamanian descent who must negotiate their connections to both their relatives’ Panamanian memories and their own American lives. That novel is full of laughter, code-switching, and cultural referents from both Panama and Brooklyn. Her third novel, Quinceanera Means Sweet 15, is a sequel to the first and again features Marisol and Magdalena, now adolescents
I found Mama's Girl enjoyable reading. Ms. Chambers' writing style is wonderfully descriptive, while maintaining a tone of informal conversation. Although I can relate to Ms. Chambers in many ways, including age, I personally found more of the story in the tale of her mother's ability to overcome early in the novel.
') There is little at first to distinguish her childhood from those of the many children of hard-working families living in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in the 1970s. Chambers decides to live with her father when it becomes evident that her new stepfather cannot tolerate her. In a chilling series of episodes Chambers describes her stepmother's abuse and her father's remoteness. Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; first serial to Glamour; author tour). Pub Date: June 18th, 1996.
Information about the book, Mama’s Girl: the Fiction, Paperback, by Veronica Chambers (Riverhead Books, May 01, 1997). Book Description: On the streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s, Veronica Chambers mastered the whirling helixes of a double-dutch jump rope with the same finesse she brought to her schoolwork, her often troubled family life, and the demands of being overachieving and underprivileged. Her mother-a Panamanian immigrant-was too often overwhelmed by the task of raising Veronica and her difficult younger brother on her meager secretary’s salary to applaud her daughter’s achievements.
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