When It Rains

When It Rains My body suddenly carries two stories of loss One is easy for people to recognise My mother died of cancer I watched her age twenty five years in eight weeks My other story marks me as different It i

  • Title: When It Rains
  • Author: Maggie MacKellar
  • ISBN: 9781742752273
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • My body, suddenly, carries two stories of loss One is easy for people to recognise My mother died of cancer I watched her age twenty five years in eight weeks My other story marks me as different It is silent and savage, it is not pure and no one knows how to approach it Somewhere I lost my husband When Maggie s vibrant young husband, father to aMy body, suddenly, carries two stories of loss One is easy for people to recognise My mother died of cancer I watched her age twenty five years in eight weeks My other story marks me as different It is silent and savage, it is not pure and no one knows how to approach it Somewhere I lost my husband When Maggie s vibrant young husband, father to a five year old daughter and an unborn son, dies tragically, Maggie is left widowed and due to give birth three months later to their second child Then her beloved mother, backbone of the family, mother to three children and grandmother to two, dies suddenly of aggressive cancer In two short years, Maggie s life has shattered After a year, she gives up trying to juggle single motherhood and the demands of an academic career and returns with her children to the family farm in central western New South Wales to take stock and catch a breath The farm becomes a redemptive, healing place for Maggie and her children as they battle the heat and drought that only the Australian landscape can offer She throws herself into the horses, sheep, ducks, and chickens and slowly, finally, realizes she has found a new shape for herself Written by a brilliant new talent, When It Rains is a meditation on grief and the vagaries of the human condition, and a stunning memoir about piecing back together a life, and moving forward, one step at a time.

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    1. An astonishing memoir. Maggie Mackellar faced two significant bereavements within quite a short space of time. Firstly her husband kills himself in rather dramatic circumstances, and then her mother gets a nasty cancer. It is about them both of course, but also about Maggie, her survival and her kids. It's remarkably well written, and a quick read despite the rather depressing subject matter. Maggie leaves her academic life in Sydney and packs up to retreat to the farm in the Central West where [...]

    2. It feels somehow wrong to call a memoir of death, loss, grief, and mourning beautiful, but MacKellar's prose is lilting, poetic, and heart-wrenchingly haunting. Her descriptions of mourning her husband, whom she lost to suicide after a long bout of mental illness, and her descriptions of her mother, whom she lost to cancer, are touching and painful to read. The quest for a more quiet life for her and her two children lead her to the countryside, and the details of how this more quiet life allows [...]

    3. This is not one to speed read. It's written so thoughtfully, I was lulled in by the language. The topic, grief, is a bit tough, but the journey is so beautiful, with grief resolved through country living. The life of the farm and country trips evokes such wholesome living, quite the opposite of my suburban experience eg"My kids have gone to sleep with a heaven of stars as the last thing they see before they close their eyes. They know what an owl sounds like as it sweeps low over our campsite hu [...]

    4. I thought this book had huge potential when I read the back of it. And it certainly could have. But in my opinion it was poorly written. I found the author wrote more about feelings and how she was feeling rather than the unfolding events of the story. I prefer both.

    5. Some very beautiful and emotive passages describing Maggie's grief and pain after her husband's suicide and mother's death soon after, from cancer. Sadly, interspersed between these are repetitive and drawn out pages of descriptions of mundane day to day life. I began the sequel but had to put it aside.

    6. This little memoir didn't take me long to read, and once I started I wanted to carry on till it was finished, so I have dark circles this morning after sitting up in bed reading till almost 1 am. Maggie tells us the story of her life, how as a young mother of a five year old daughter and an unborn son, her husband spiralled out of control, with his mental health becoming more and more unstable. Faced with bringing up her young children by herself, she is shocked with her mothers cancer diagnosis [...]

    7. This book is a wonderfully frank and absorbing memoir about the courage of a young woman with two children. Her husband has died tragically and she moves to the country to resettle and to come to terms with her loss.It is a very honest book. The woman has also spent some time nursing her mother who has died of cancer. so there are two and one of her children, perhaps reacting to the death of his father, is at times out of control with tantrums. She decides to give up her high profile job and mov [...]

    8. When it rains is a sobering read. Full of raw sadness and the stark reality of grief.Actually I found it cathartic because its so honest and wheile the road to recovery isa long one, the grind to get there is compelling. Maggie's life is tough following two deaths, firstly her husband, and then her mother. As the mother of a young family itsa far from easy ride, and her description of her daily struggle is confronting and real.

    9. MacKellar is a beautiful writer. Her book is full of wonderful similes and metaphors. I appreciated having an insight into someone's grief of having lost loved ones. It helped me to understand some of what someone close to me must be going through. I would have liked to hear more about Mackellar's life with her husband before his passing.

    10. This memoir about death and grieving is beautifully told by Maggie MacKellar. It is sensitive and she maintains the readers interest by revealing a bit of the story at a time. Flash backs are well written and complete the story. I love this book and passed it onto friends, all of whom have loved it as well.

    11. I honestly couldn't put this book down. Her grief was chronicled in such a raw, yet divinely beautiful way. She expressed in words everything that was in my own heart. The peace she attained was beautiful and took a journey to get there. I found myself taking copious notes as I read.

    12. Some beautiful writing in here about some very personal and painful experiences. Overall a little bit clunky and I felt she didn't explain enough about her husband's life pre and post illness, but a worthwhile memoir on one person's journey of coping with shocking bereavements.

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