8/8/12

Life on the Refrigerator Door

Author: Alice Kuipers
Pages: 220
Publisher: MacMillan
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Mom, 
I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plants. I cleaned out Peter's cage. I tidied the sitting room. And the kitchen. And I did the washing up. "
I'm going to bed. 
Your live-in servant, 
Claire 
'Life on the Refrigerator Door' is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their story builds to an emotional crescendo when Elizabeth is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, this is a clever, moving, and original portrait of the relationship between a daughter and mother. It is about how we live our lives constantly rushing, and never making time for those we love. It is also an elegy to how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them.
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My Summary: Claire and her mother may live in the same house, but they might as well live on a different planet for all the time they spend together. Claire's mother is a doctor and single mother, so Claire is often left on her own. The only way the two interact is through their little notes on the refrigerator door.

But one night Clair comes home to a note that rocks her entire world.

And suddenly, notes aren't enough.

My Thoughts: I loved the premise of this novel. The way the notes from Claire and her mother are organized leaves room for the readers imagination to fill in the rest of the story, which I really liked. The writing was very genuine, and the reaction of both Claire and her mother were spot on - all the confusion, grief, and sorrow of the situation were portrayed honestly and never glossed over. 

Final Thoughts: This was not a long read by any means, but it was very emotional and eye-opening. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary lit or has found themselves in a similar situation. 

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