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There's a lot in this novel set in the early 1960's South. Civil Rights, the Polio epidemic, and coming of age all deeply weigh on 14 year old Diana, raised by her quadriplegic mother Paige and strong willed caregiver Peacie. Diana is realistically portrayed as a bratty, yet loyal and overwhelmed teenager. Peacie is a wonderful, complex character as well, devoted to the women yet strong and independent. I had more trouble with Paige. Her disciplinary method of biting Diana until she bled would definitely qualify as child abuse today, even though it was explained at the end.
"We Are All Welcome Here" is not my favorite Elizabeth Berg novel but once again, she is spot on in her portrayal of young women and complex characters.
Initially hard for me to get into this story told through the child's view, but it really picked up for me. Set in an interesting time in U.S. history with strong characters.
This book has been on my bookshelf for a long time and I finally had time to read it. I was not disappointed. It is such a good story of family, struggle, hope and dealing with the life you've been born into. This was my first Elizabeth Berg book, but it won't be my last.
An excellent book. Inspired by Pat Raming and her daughter Marianne Raming Burke, this is the story of a women paralyzed by polio (Paige Dunn), who raises her daughter with the help of Peacie and Mrs. Gruder. Diana, the daughter is a typical adolescent when we meet her. The mother-daughter relationship is very special. The story handles human rights issues and is set in the context of the Civil Rights marches of the 1960's. Heavy topics that are not treated as such. Wonderful characters, and a 'can't put it down" book. Uplifting.
The fact that this novel is based upon a true mother and daughter makes is extraordinary to begin with, but as the novel goes on, the unbelievable restraints that Paige has to go through becomes more and more apparent. Unfortunately the novel lacked a real driving plot line that would have made it truly captivating. Instead the story is a small, albeit unusual, one.