Saturday, March 14, 2009

(25) The Only True Genius In the Family by Jenni Nash

First of all, I want to thank Jennie Nash for the complimentary copy of her new book, The Only True Genius in the Family. It was a pleasant read & I thank her for allowing me to meet Claire & her family.

There seems to be a recurring theme in some of the books I have read this year. It is the concept I first realized in Kelly Corrigan's The Middle Place. Italic Which refers to that place that some of us find ourselves trapped in. That place where you are caught between being a child & being a parent.

Claire finds herself trapped in that purgatory when her extremely famous, world renown photographer father passes away & leaves his work & the rights to his work to her daughter, a budding artist on the brink of success.

Claire finds herself struggling with being the grieving daughter & the proud parent all at the same time. But in the days & weeks following her father's death, Claire discovers that her father was not exactly the artist that world perceived him to be. And in the process she learns something about her own talents as a photographer.

The Only True Genius in the Family is a book about a woman trying to come to terms with her father's death & her daughter's life. Neither one is easy for a woman trying to find a comfortable place in her own life. It was great to watch the character grow & find out that she is stronger & more talented than she ever gave herself credit for.


Lisa Mandina said...

I see what you're saying kind of. I am trapped between being a child and a parent, in that I am not a child, but still kind of feel like it around certain people, not to mention that I am not a parent, but feel like it around my students, and want to be one.

Jennie Nash said...

Thanks for the lovely review!

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