Dandelion Angel

Dandelion Angel What do women learn from their mothers Everything they want to be and everything they don t After all not all mothers are created equal In C B Calico s stunning new contemporary fiction novel Dandel

  • Title: Dandelion Angel
  • Author: C.B. Calico
  • ISBN: 9781897530665
  • Page: 255
  • Format: ebook
  • What do women learn from their mothers Everything they want to be and everything they don t After all, not all mothers are created equal In C.B Calico s stunning new contemporary fiction novel, Dandelion Angel, we meet four German women brought together by the pain of their mothers Each matriarch suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder a condition their daughterWhat do women learn from their mothers Everything they want to be and everything they don t After all, not all mothers are created equal In C.B Calico s stunning new contemporary fiction novel, Dandelion Angel, we meet four German women brought together by the pain of their mothers Each matriarch suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder a condition their daughters never knew had a name when they were growing up They wish they had They wish someone had told them this was treatable, or that other girls were being raised like they were isolated, confused, and completely unsure of their worth Caren has known all her life that her mother, Ute, cannot be pleased Yet, she tries Even in her thirties, she will do anything to gain her approval she ll even risk her marriage But, Ute s own wounds, buried in layers of history and tragedy, go too deep To the outside world, Irja s childhood looked like a dream A famous actress for a mother, trips to Disneyland, she had it all They didn t see her mother s rages, her tantrums and insults Irja suffered it all, quietly, until her mother s cruelty threatened Irja s own son With the instincts of a lioness, she finally breaks, and breaks free Jo gave up everything including her spare time and small joys to look after her needy, dependent mother Only after her mother s eventual death does she gain some solace Mandy calls herself Angel Unimaginably wounded by the scars her mother carried from her East German upbringing, Mandy ran away from home young Mute, stunted by a heartbreaking stutter, she squats in Berlin At a crossroads, she meets the right cop at the right time and finally begins to heal Angel emerges from the desperation of her life, just as the stubborn dandelion on her balcony breaks through a tiny crack in the concrete With a sensitive hand, Calico reveals the intertwined lives of these four remarkable women A touching and fascinating work of commercial fiction, Dandelion Angel is a revelation of the tenacity of the human spirit as it focuses on the recovery of the daughters, rather than the abuse by their mothers.

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    1. Our behaviour is influenced by our parents, we often take on their mannerisms and behaviours. Let’s face it how many times have you found yourself doing something that you can associate with one of your parents? But, what happens if a parent has an undiagnosed mental health issue that impacts their emotional response to the world around them? Well, it can have a long lasting and devastating impact late into their children’s adult life.Dandelion Angel by C.B. Calico follows the stories of fou [...]

    2. Dandelion Angel was inspired by a non-fiction work, Understanding the Borderline Mother by Christine Ann Lawson. The four mother/daughter relationships in this Germany-set novel – all marked to some extent by dysfunction, physical and/or verbal abuse, and borderline personality disorder – are based on Lawson’s metaphorical classifications: the hermit, the queen, the waif, and the witch. Looping back through her four storylines in three complete cycles, Calico shows how mental illness is ro [...]

    3. On the face of it, Dandelion Angel tells of undiagnosed borderline personality disorder in mothers and the legacy this hands down to their daughters who know nothing of psychological interpretation but much about the impossibility of pleasing a demanding parent. In choosing this approach Dandelion Angel hits far closer to home than most stories in which families seem to quickly understand the intricacies of psychology, focusing on the heart of a mysterious, unpredictable family structure that ha [...]

    4. Reviewed by Wendy StevensAre women destined to become the mother they were raised with? How terrifying when out of our mouths, the words that haunted us growing up comes oozing out and we feel transported to that time in our life when we felt small, unworthy, and knew we would never measure up to the immobile force before us. The fate of four women is displayed in the private lives combining the relationships with their mothers that no one wants to truly have in Dandelion Angel.You can read this [...]

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