Mothers And Other Strangers by Gina SorellMothers And Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

Mothers And Other Strangers

byGina Sorell

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man's child, she accepted."Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her family. After two decades as a working actor, including ten years in L.A., she returned to her first love, writing, graduating with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Gina pairs her novel writing with her work as the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco?based branding firm. This is her first novel. "
Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director, born in South Africa and currently residing in Toronto with her husband and son. After two decades as a working actor of stage and screen, Gina decided to return to her first love, writing, and graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Gina pairs her many hou...
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Title:Mothers And Other StrangersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Prospect ParkLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I loved this book! Elsie's story was gripping. The way the author moved from past to present was seamless. I really looked forward to my glass of wine and my window into Elsie's life at the end of a long day. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! What a great first novel by this author. Agree with the others, a definite page turner. I really loved the characters. Can't wait to read another one, hope she has more to come!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! From the first line forward, Sorell took me on a beautiful,heartbreakingly honest journey to places in my heart I have rarely had the courage to glance at, let alone inhabit as she does in this remarkable story. Buy this book and prepare to be devastated in the most beautiful way.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely loved this book! great read! a true page-turner.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read for every daughter a beautiful story about the complexities of mother-daughter relationships. a book that stuck with me long after i finished the last sentence. LOVED it and highly recommend it! A
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Mothers and Other Strangers is a wonderfully well written novel, a tapestry of emotions between a mother and her daughter. I was captivated.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved the book! Mothers and Other Strangers is a wonderful, complex story about the relationship between a mother and her daughter. An emotional tale that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I keep rereading this--and seeing it on the subway! I have to admit that I blurbed this amazing novel, but that doesn't mean that my praise isn't qualified. This is one of the most gorgeous books that I have read. It still is haunting me even months after I read it (I got an advance copy.) It's so rich for discussion, and such an amazing journey about finding the truth out about others and ourselves. How well do you really know the people in your life? Zounds. This is one fantastic novel.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best debut I have read in years This is one amazing novel. Not only is it exquisitely written, but it's also a page-turner, full of insights about mothers, daughters, and what it means to harbor secrets--and discover them. I'm recommending this to my bookclub and to everyone I can.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! An exciting novel full of complex characters that leave you wanting to know more about their journey to find the truth about themselves. Elsie's struggle to understand her past so that she could successfully navigate her future, had me hooked from the first page. I couldn't put it down until I knew Elsie's story and where her journey would lead. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic debut novel A great read that kept me turning the pages!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was hooked from the first sentence! If you’re looking for a page turner that keeps you guessing right to the very end, this book is for you. The captivating writing makes you feel like you’re along for the ride with Elsie as she works to understand her mother’s final message. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was hooked from the first sentence! If you’re looking for a page turner that keeps you guessing right to the very end, this book is for you. The captivating writing makes you feel like you’re along for the ride with Elsie as she works to understand her mother’s final message. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisty mother-laugher story A fast paced and complex story of a mother and daughter's tangled relationship that spans three continents. Unforgettable characters and confrontations up and down the plot. A great debut from a Canadian author.
Date published: 2017-04-19

Editorial Reviews

A Refinery29 Best Book of 2017Mesmerizing and quietly revealing, Sorell's memorable novel expertly weaves Elsie's search for answers about her origins with her own journey of healing." - Publishers Weekly"Sorell covers a lot of ground - physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically - and deftly weaves it all into a complex plot. The loaded narrative, tide-like in its advancing and receding movement, runs over an undercurrent of self-deprecating sarcasm and pity born of hurt and emotionally fueled assumptions. In other words, the stuff many mothers and daughters allow themselves to get caught up in." - The Toronto Star"A fascinating look at a unique and fractured parent-child relationship... engaging and tense." - Kirkus Reviews"Sorell reveals herself as an author to watch... Ultimately, the sinister romance here, combined with an unflinching exploration of what can contribute to a mental breakdown, left me wanting to read whatever Sorell writes next." - The Globe & Mail"Whom do we really belong to and why? This dark, gorgeous jewel of a novel probes the secrets we keep and the complex ties of family, love, and loss. Shattering and brilliant, this marks the debut of an astonishing talent."- Caroline Leavitt,New York Times?bestselling author ofCruel Beautiful World andPictures of You"Riveting." - Good Housekeeping"A stunning debut,Mothers and Other Strangers grips from page one. It's a perfect weave of suspense and of insight about how people love and hurt one another, and sometimes heal, and sometimes cannot. I highly recommend this novel and look forward - impatiently - to Gina Sorell's future work." - Robin Black, author ofLife Drawing"Mothers and Other Strangers is a memorable first novel, a delightfully twistygothic with the strange and eerie urgency of a fable or a dream."- Dan Chaon, author ofIll Will andYou Remind Me of Me'A young woman's investigation of her mother's mysterious past uncovers disturbing revelations about love, family and the fragile bonds that both connect us and tear us apart. An absorbing, sensitive novel that confirms the troubling reality that it's often the people closest to us who do the most harm.'- Elizabeth Brundage, author ofAll Things Cease to Appear"From the first shocking sentence of Gina Sorell'sMothers and Other Strangers, I was hooked on the twisting ride of a woman who receives an inheritance of secrets, debt, and the mess left behind. With stunning prose and the danger of a thriller, Sorell reaches deep into a broken heart and finds what's still beating. I am a fan!"- Susan Henderson, author ofUp from the Blue"This compelling debut reveals the astronomical cost of harboring family secrets. Somehow Gina Sorell has managed to craft both a meditation on the messiness of mother-daughter bonds and a mystery that will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning." - Michelle Brafman, author ofBertrand Court andWashing the Dead"This book grabs you at the opening lines and won't let you go. Elsie dreams of fire and doesn't fully understand how deep her mother's ties to a group called the Seekers was until her mother's death. The discovery of a bundle of photos and a priceless ring take Elsie from her home in Canada to Africa on a journey that leads her to the past she never knew she had. A stunning, rich, and heartfelt debut of suspense." - Shannon Rose, Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MD"Gina Sorell has written a complex mystery of the human heart in her poignant debut novel,Mothers and Other Strangers, exploring how the emotional riddle of our parents shapes our lives well into adulthood. To paraphrase Philip Larkin, they screw you up, your mom and dad. Sometimes they intend to hurt you as deeply as they've been hurt. The quest in this wise novel is to realize that the path to healing a childhood wound passes through understanding the strangeness of one's parents, and accepting it, or not. This book is a must read for anyone who has struggled to understand their own parents.'- Robert Eversz, author ofShooting Elvis accepting it, or not. This book is a must read for anyone who has struggled to understand their own parents.'- Robert Eversz, author ofShooting Elvis "