Heute und in Ewigkeit: Roman by Randy Susan Meyers

Heute und in Ewigkeit: Roman

byRandy Susan Meyers, Katharina Volk

Kobo ebook | April 26, 2010 | German

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Zwei Schwestern — eine dramatische Kindheit — ein Ja zum Leben

Lulu ist zehn, als ihr Vater vor ihren Augen die Mutter ersticht. Jetzt gibt es nur noch sie und ihre Schwester Merry — und niemanden, der sie tröstet. Scheinbar unzertrennlich meistern die beiden in den Folgejahren alle Schwierigkeiten. Doch ihre Geschwisterliebe wird auf eine harte Probe gestellt. Denn während die eine ihren Vater verleugnet, sucht die andere nach Wegen der Versöhnung …

Obwohl ihre Mutter es verboten hat, lässt Lulu ihren Vater in die Wohnung — aus Mitleid, denn sie spürt, wie sehr er unter der Trennung leidet. Machtlos muss sie dann erleben, wie der Streit zwischen den Eltern eskaliert. Sie versucht noch, Hilfe zu holen, doch es ist bereits zu spät: Die Mutter ist tot, ihre Schwester Merry schwer verletzt. Schuldgefühle werden von nun an zu Lulus ständigem Begleiter — und lassen sie umso entschlossener um eine bessere Zukunft für sich und Merry kämpfen. Doch es schwelt zwischen den Schwestern ein sich über die Jahre zuspitzender Konflikt: Während Lulu ihren Vater konsequent verleugnet, fühlt Merry sich für ihn verantwortlich …

Mit Humor und Sensibilität schildert Randy Susan Meyers den Weg zweier Mädchen aus einer dramatisch-düsteren Kindheit zu einem selbstbewussten Leben als erwachsene Frauen.

Title:Heute und in Ewigkeit: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 26, 2010Publisher:Diana VerlagLanguage:German

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty boring While I felt sorry for the two main characters I didn't like them. They were broken as children and remained broken as adults. There was no real character development. I was pretty bored with the whole thing.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Debut Novel!! Story Description: St. Martin’s Press|February 2, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-312-67443-4 Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu’s tenth birthday their father drives them into a nightmare. He’s always hungered for the love of the girls’ self-obsessed mother, after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu had been warned to never let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he’s impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he’s murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, and tried unsuccessfully to kill himself. Lulu and Merry are effectively orphaned by their mother’s death and father’s imprisonment, but the girls’ relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they’ll never really belong anywhere or to anyone – that all they have to hold onto is each other. For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. One spends her life pretending he’s dead, while the other feels compelled by fear, by duty to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet success. A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, The Murderer’s Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart. My Review: Lulu, 10-years-old, her sister, Merry, 6-years-old lived with their mother and father in Brooklyn. Their mother was no “macaroni-necklace-wearing” kind of mother and viewed 10-year-old, Lulu as a “miniature hand servant.” In July of 1971 their family fell apart. Lulu and Merry’s mother kicked their father out of the family home and told the girls not to let him in when he came to the door. Mom went to take a nap and ordered the girls’ to do the same. While napping someone knocked at the door. Lulu got up to investigate and realized it was her father. She told him her mother was sleeping and couldn’t let him in. Her father, who was drunk, demanded to be let in so Lulu cracked open the door with the safety chain still on. Her father was becoming impatient and demanded she let him in. Not knowing for sure what the right thing to do was, Lulu released the safety chain and he barged his way in. Their mother was livid when she found him in the apartment and they began to fight and argue. He picked up a knife to stab the girls’ mother and she yelled to Lulu to run downstairs and get their neighbour, Teenie. Lulu stood stock still for a moment, disbelief clouding her mind that their father would try to kill their mother. Finally she took off running and got Teenie. But by the time they returned to the apartment he had stabbed their mother to death and she was lying in an ever growing puddle of blood. He had also stabbed little Merry in the chest and tried unsuccessfully to kill himself. Thankfully, Merry also survived. Now with their father in jail and their mother dead, the girls are orphaned. None of their aunts and uncles wanted to take them in so they ended up in the Duffy Home, an orphanage. Eventually, Mrs. Parker the head of the home takes a liking to Merry and Lulu and takes them home as foster children. The story follows the girls through the rest of their childhood, into their teenage years and finally into adulthood. The book is written in alternating chapters between Lulu and Merry so we get a close-up view of the emotions and turmoil each is going through. The characters were very well-developed. The girls came from such a dysfunctional family that it’s a wonder either of them even made it to adulthood. Both girls dealt with this tragedy in completely opposite ways and it was interesting being privy to each of the girls’ thought processes. The Murderer’s Daughters was a captivating read and I’ll remember Lulu and little Merry for quite a while to come.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel!! Ten-year-old Lulu (Louise) and five-year-old Merry (Meredith), live with their mother and father in a small apartment. The girl’s mother spends more time visiting with her friend and painting her toe nails blood red than she does with her daughters. Their father is a big mouth drunk who thinks his wife is an absolute beauty queen and just can’t get enough of her. Fed up with his drunkenness and constant obsession with her, she finally kicks him out. Lulu, being the oldest, has been strictly warned by her mother to keep the door locked and not let her father in. The day before her tenth birthday, Lulu’s father shows up at the apartment and convinces her to let him in. He stabbed and killed their mother, stabbed little Merry in the chest and attempted to cut his own wrists. Lulu runs for help but upon her return she learns it’s too late, her mother has been murdered and Merry is on the way to the hospital. Now orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s imprisonment and with relatives refusing to care for them, Lulu and Merry end up in the Duffy-Parkman House for Girls. The girls try to plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family but soon learn that they’ll never, ever really belong anywhere or to anyone-all they have to love and hold is each other. For the next thirty years Lulu and Merry try to make sense of what happened. Lulu tries to believe her father no longer exists while Merry visits him regularly in prison. But what will happen if and when the day comes that he makes parole and gets out? The Murderer’s Daughters was a great debut novel with well-written characters and a good solid plot. A book for everyone to enjoy!
Date published: 2011-02-06