Read The Lauras Online Free - I didn t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong. As we made our way from Virginia to California, returning to the places where she d lived as a child in foster care and as a teenager on the run, repaying debts and keeping promises, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept even from herself. But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldn t forget the home we d left behind, couldn t deny that, just like my mother, I too had unfinished business.
This enigmatic pilgrimage takes them back to various stages of Alex s mother s life, each new state prompting stories and secrets. Together they trace back through a life of struggle and adventure to put to rest unfinished business, to heal old wounds and to search out lost friends. This is an extraordinary story of a life; a stunning exploration of identity and an authentic study of the relationship between a mother and her child.
The Lauras is the new novel from the exceptionally gifted author of The Shore, which was long listed for the Baileys Women s Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
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September 07, 2017
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Thirteen year old, Alex is used to hearing parents fighting at night. Alex could always tell when a fight was coming and would always stay awake until everything calmed down. But everything changes on a night when th...
July 23, 2017
This was a difficult review to write in some ways. The main character, Alex is a transgender teen and we never know, even by the end of the book, whether Alex is a boy or a girl, so I can't refer to Alex as he or she so I will say he/she. Actually it really didn't matter because Alex is a person...
August 15, 2017
3.5 stars. What an odd book The Lauras is. I really liked many parts of it. The story is essentially a road trip told through teenage Alex's voice. Alex -- who we eventually find out does not identify as a boy or girl -- goes on a two year road trip with Alex's mother. Along the way, Alex's mothe...
November 07, 2017
On the Road with Ma: Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award shortlist review #1
(I am on the official shadow panel of book bloggers.)
Sara Taylor’s debut, The Shore, was a gritty and virtuosic novel-in-13-stories that imagined 250 years of history on a set of islands off the coast of Virginia....
April 06, 2017
I started off reading this book however it really wasn't for me. I didn't feel the book was engaging enough and I didn't feel that it kept my attention.
The road trip and enlightenment was a good concept I just felt it went on a bit too long.
Alex was an interesting character not knowing her sexua...
July 29, 2017
Starts as a middle of the night road trip - mother and child are on an adventure. It becomes apparent that the Mother - referred to as Ma throughout the book - is looking to make amends or fulfill promises that she had made in her earlier years and is dragging Alex with her. As the road trip take...
July 26, 2017
"Even if I had been able to say those words, I would have never been able to get them all out at once, to describe every facet of the experience. Memory is slippery, not even like a fish but like an eel, like an ice cube, like a clot of blood whose membranous skin can barely contain internal shi...
August 21, 2016
The Shore blew me away with its mind-bending timeframe and interlaced magical realism, so I was keen to see if I’d be won over by a much more straightforward, road-trippy kind of novel from Sara Taylor. No magical bells or future vision whistles. 300-ish pages of a mother and a child and the open...
June 13, 2017
I will start by saying I am glad I did not pay full price for this book because If I did I would feel pretty pissed off about know. Focusing on women's issues and the subject of gender, The Lauras has all the ingredients for an intriguing read but sadly fell short of that expectation. Narrated by...
March 23, 2017
13-year-old Alex’s mother is getting restless and tired of the endless arguments with Alex’s father. When she decides to take a road trip into her past, she takes Alex with her. As they travel together, the mother begins to share stories of her past. This is the first time that Alex feels the sta...