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Of Tapestry, Time and Tears by Carol Morgan

The first half of the book focu Of Tapestry, Time and Tears begins with tragedy flooding and destruction of towns in southern Texas in the late 19th century and ends with tragedy September 11, The second half of the book follows Edwina from age 30 to her 80s and is mainly set in the US. Along the way, she explores Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism in her search for inner peace.

I found this epic book to be a little too large for the author. The description is brilliant and the storyline intriguing, but much of the dialogue is stilted and lacks realism. Nevertheless, I could not put this book down. I love this book! Of course, I wrote it. I believe it has a significant message that is appropriate for today. Virag rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Janis Sessums rated it really liked it Nov 01, Kirsten Dillard rated it liked it Mar 08, Diana Gaines rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Jane Riebe-Tritten marked it as to-read Mar 01, Joanne marked it as to-read Mar 01, Anna-Liisa marked it as to-read Mar 01, Christine Groce marked it as to-read Mar 01, Stacy marked it as to-read Mar 01, Pat Seyler marked it as to-read Mar 01, Deb marked it as to-read Mar 01, Eva marked it as to-read Mar 01, Kimberly marked it as to-read Mar 01, Coralie marked it as to-read Mar 02, Michele Wesley marked it as to-read Mar 02, Karen added it Mar 02, Jan marked it as to-read Mar 03, Megan marked it as to-read Mar 03, Sara marked it as to-read Mar 03, Crystal marked it as to-read Mar 03, James Wiltshire added it Mar 03, Teresa marked it as to-read Mar 03, Trisha Mason marked it as to-read Mar 03, Donna marked it as to-read Mar 04, Marie marked it as to-read Mar 05, Kasey marked it as to-read Mar 05, Bekki marked it as to-read Mar 06, Earlene Glasgow marked it as to-read Mar 06, Go to wishlist Keep shopping.

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Division into Two - Bittersweet. An old woman recounts her life story: Only Her Daughter - Another outstanding story that deals with the traditional thought of the uselessness and burden of female children. A tale of motherly love, grief, and revenge with a bittersweet ending. Eternal Tricks - Only a few pages long yet heartfelt. The Empress' New Gowns - This is a scathing commentary on the fashion industry and women's "fashion", in particular. The story starts off with virtually a word-for-word retelling of the "The Emperor's New Clothes", but that is just the beginning.

After the Emporer's nude embarrassment the Empress takes over affairs of state, but one day meets clothiers promising her a fantastic new wardrobe. The Empress is savvy and doesn't give away her fortune like her husband did. However, these new clothes are so skimpy and show off so much skin that the wearers may just as well be nude themselves.

Thus starts the fashion industry of women exposing their bodies, a whole entourage of sideline business takes shape, the other women soon follow suit, and instead of losing all her gold at once the Empress is now giving it away one golden egg at a time. Makes a woman think to what end does a fashion obsession lead. The Better Half - Beautiful story of a recently widowed man living the life his dying wife had planned for him the last months of her life. This is a pro-life story as it celebrates the lifestyle of the elderly. The story comes full circle dealing with death, living, and birth.

A very short story and I did not "get" the ending. The Prisoner - Wonderful, wonderful! The story of a girl who is born severely disfigured and is shunned by her family. Eventually, as a woman, she meets a man online who shares her passion for history. From this point on the theme is her awakening. The plot is predictable but is beautifully written.

Never Ever - Fantastic story of a couple having marital discord mainly due to the loss of communication. We have a unique situation here with the wife being deaf. I loved the inside look at the normalcy of family communication with sign language in a household where only one person was deaf. Otherwise, the story centres around the feelings each one has when the word "divorce" is mentioned in haste and anger.

I'd also call this a pro-life theme as it deals with the sanctity of marriage. Excellent story to end the book and probably my favourite. Mar 10, Wander Girl Life rated it really liked it. The author, Ms Gita V. Reddy usually writes children fiction. The stories touch upon various dilemmas that a woman faces. The stories also touch upon an aging mother, self reflection of a person, losing your loved ones, working on mar The author, Ms Gita V. The stories also touch upon an aging mother, self reflection of a person, losing your loved ones, working on marriage etc.

I am not much into reading short stories since I like to empathize with the characters of the book and since short stories are mend to be short, there is a possibility that they lack to offer a well crafted and well expressed characters. But with this book I must admit that I was able to empathize and well as sympathize with most of the characters and their struggles.

The stories are very well narrated and the word flow was seamless. I was immersed in each and every story in this book. I simply loved this book and would recommend it to all those who like reading stories with female protagonist, books about relationships and emphatic tales. Lokking forward to reading many more books by this author. Dec 17, Bev Walkling rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book of short stories was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Better known for her children's books, these short stories show that she can write equally well for adults. The stories are all quite different but show different aspects of Indian culture. The book consists of 12 stories of varying lengths and each story is a stand-alone so the book need not be read in one sitting but can be put down and picked up to enjoy again later.

The title story, A Tapestry of Tears, This book of short stories was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. The title story, A Tapestry of Tears, was particularly moving to me. The author did not intend it to be a factual story but based it on what were cultural norms in some parts of the world at that time and set it in India as that is the culture she is most familiar with. Set in the early 19th century, it tells the story of a young Indian couple who come from a privileged background.

They lived in a time where baby boys were valued over baby girls and it was the custom to practice the kurimaar tradition in which the mother of a newborn girl must administer the sap of the aak plant to her daughter to cause her death. The elders of the family believed that "Traditions are meant to safeguard our power and prestige".

The young couple who were the main characters in this story, Kuldeep and Veeran were against the continuation of the tradition, but when their first child was born and it was a girl, Kuldeep's mother took matters into her own hands causing Veeran to sink into the depths of depression. How she recovered and what that led to for their community as a whole tells "the rest of the story". As a mother, I could not imagine how a woman could go through this and survive mentally and yet in my experience as a nurse who worked in the field of sexual health for many years I know that in some cultures, gender choice is still important and at times considered to be reason for an abortion.

No Other Way - the next story in the collection goes in a different direction. Set in modern times, it deals with the dilemma that many of us face as our parents and other relatives age. When can they no longer care for themselves?


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When is it time to move to a place that offers more care and do they make that choice on their own or do we make it for them. How difficult is this and what are the consequences? As one who has personally been put in this position more than once, I found the story really spoke to me and left me with much to think about.

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The third story is a love story - not one of romance, but one of a love that cares more for the other than for oneself. Another story that really piqued my interest was the story "Division Into Two" which told of how India and Pakistan became separate countries and the effect that this had on individual families. Told through the voice of a woman on one side and her nephew on the other, I learned once again of the damage that religion and politics can put on the lives of innocents.

This is a history that I did not learn in school. Each of the short stories made me look at things in a different way. This book is well worth picking up and taking your time with. You won't regret it. Jan 26, Dee rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dee by: This is a collection of a novelette and twelve short stories.

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The title story, A Tapestry of Tears, is set in the nineteenth century. A young couple from an affluent background fights against the time-honored tradition of female infanticide. In another story, Division into Two, a family is torn apart by the brutal partition of British-ruled India into India and Pakistan. Told through the voices of an estranged aunt and nephew, it reveals the human tragedy that is often a fallout of social strife. The other stories also deal with social issues and family relationships. A Muslim woman suffers when the mujahedeen drive out the Hindu midwife.

A grieving husband resents the presence of his new daughter-in-law. Deafness has nothing to do with communication in a marriage, or does it? Each story tells their story and the way that things are. This was an intimate look into another culture that will tear your heart out. I was very impressed with the stories and the subject of each of them. As it was stated above, Gita is very perceptive about the true dynamics of married relationships and how they come about in her country. As she has told me the times are changing and the old ways are being updated, so many couples are now marrying for love.

Whereas before they were arranged by the parents and if you were lucky you liked each other that maybe someday would turn into love or affection of some sort. India was not the only country to have this method of marrying off the children but some of the stories she has told will make you wonder how this sort of thing could possibly happen. Each story will make you appreciate the life that we here in America have and the options that we have. What will you like? Gita is a wonderful writer that researches and develops her storylines.

She takes the time to draw you in with her wonderful descriptions and detailed actions. She has a way with words that many authors lack and she can keep you interested till the last page. Compensation of any kind is never accepted in exchange for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. Dec 10, Penny Minding Mom rated it it was amazing.


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  • Reading has always been an escape for me. I love nothing more than to hide away for a little while and escape in a great book. Every book that I read has something special to share. Short Stories From I Reading has always been an escape for me. Reddy, offers the reader a look into the diverse culture of India.

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    Each story is unique. Each story deals with a loss and will touch your heart in a special way.

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    While the collection has the potential to be heartbreaking, Ms. I am so glad that I finished the story. As heartbreaking as it was in the beginning I was left with a feeling of hope as the story finished. As with any collection of short stories I have my favourites. The ending to this story is absolutely perfect. I had the pleasure of reviewing this book in the past. Dec 30, Autumn rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book to give an honest review. Some of these stories were a bit heartbreaking especially the way the women were treated or what they had to do.

    I think the two stories that bothered me the most out of all of them was the first story A Tapestry of Tears and Her Only Daughter. Those two tore at my heart strings just because of the death that happens within them and what the mothers had to go through.

    What is really neat about these short stori http: What is really neat about these short stories is that they show how strong women become in tough and sad situations, also these are Indian women. I don't think I have really ever read anything that had to do with Indian women so to read about the talent they have in making things, how they do not back down but become stronger especially with heartache is amazing in my eyes. I have read this author before through her children's books and she always had lessons within her pages so when I saw this book I did wonder how it would go.

    I was very surprised with how real the stories felt and I think the author did a great job! Jan 31, Darlene rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book free of charge from the author. Well, this was a treasure. You all know I don't like short stories. I like getting to know characters deeply. That is why I read so many series. Reddy has pulled off keeping the story short while not leaving the reader empty. If there was a theme running through these stories it would be "Love". The stray non-English word help I received this book free of charge from the author. The stray non-English word helps in keeping the story authentic but those aren't over done.

    The female dilemmas that plague many countries are merely spoken of in fact as part of the story and not the end goal. That made the stories more interesting. I found re-reading the last couple stories from other books a little boring but if it were the first time for a reader to see them they might find these interesting.