Julieta Chiariglione Chiariglione itibaren Lomagrande, Santo Tomás, Atlántico, Kolombiya
The Things We Do For Love is an emotional journey into one woman's life-stifling heartache of needing to experience motherhood; of wanting and needing a child to love. It is a story about one of the strongest bonds between females, the bond shared between a mother and her daughter. Another young woman finds herself on the other end of the spectrum, a woman who has yet to experience a mother's nurture and love. Together these women find themselves linked in ways they couldn't imagine, discovering new meanings of love and the ability to receive and give it. There are moments that are heart-wrenching, tear-rendering, but also triumphant and heartwarming. Angie DeSaria Malone is a woman in limbo, a woman who feels incomplete. She craves a child and as the years passes without her wish materializing, the sense of loss becomes more acute. As a result her marriage also begins to crumble. She can no longer depend on the strength of their love, and it now becomes evident that the years have taken their toll on their marriage. The things that can sustain it no longer exist: care, love and understanding. After all is said, and unsaid, only unfilled dreams, a painful yearning and a resilient ache remain. With a divorce finalized, Angie retreats to her childhood hometown, a place overflowing with love from her family. She settles into running her family's restaurant business, against a family reluctant to change, all the while seeking peace within herself. There she meets Lauren Ribido and quickly a bond forms. Where Angie has known a life of boisterous family gatherings, laughter and love, Lauren has not. She has an alcoholic mother who cannot care for her, much less begin to love her. As her nature, Angie takes Lauren under her wings and begin a journey that will forever change both their lives. Angie is not unaware of her decisions, realizing the consequences that can occur but she is determined to help. As she mothers Lauren and as Lauren seeks her love, Angie is also faced with second chances. For love, for family and for motherhood. Three ingredients that should come standard but for Angie has always in the past been out of reach. A touching story that captures a woman's spirit so well, showing us how enduring it can be, and the things we do for love. I wish, though there was more focus on Angie's husband story, to see his side on the story. I also hope there's a future story for Lauren in store.
Though I am only about a fifth of the way through this book, it is proving to be quite a fantastic read. Dave Eggers, author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, chronicles the journey, and eventual life, of a Sudanese "Lost Boy." To boot, the story is told in the first person, so if you like Dave Eggers already, you get to hear a story that is certainly not his, told through his voice. Make sense? This story is somewhat disturbing, as the details of the war in Sudan are vivid, but it is important that we know stories such as these so that we can better understand the population around us.