I thought this book was well written. I am not sure if a play came out of this book, but it certainly could as I felt I was reading lines from the characters. I really liked the development of the characters throughout the story, and I could identify with certain aspects of the characters. Overall this was a very strong story line, and I loved the detail that the author put into this.
The setting of this book takes place in 1970, but it exposes timeless issues. This story of the three sisters navigating through life trying to find their identity in this life is so relatable. I could imagine the mixed emotions that Maude had when she had discovered who her biological parents were. I could definitely understand Karin’s pain as she wanted to break free from other people’s plans for her life. I love how the book concluded with Maude’s daughter sort of narrating the three sister’s reunion and despite all the struggles they had, and the grave circumstances around them, they persevered. In the end they stuck together.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes excellent character/story development. Elizabeth Leffew - 4 stars - GoodReads
We have lacked a canon on motherhood and now it seems one is beginning to take shape. The new books on motherhood are forcing the culture to accept it as not only one of the big themes of literature but one that is intimately bound up with the concerns it has more readily acknowledged: war, peace, love, loss, the city, the country, murder, madness, race, class, apocalypse, alienation.
How well do we know our mothers? Argonauta is yet another story that opens yet again another dimension of motherhood.
I loved reading Argonauta. It is richly lyrical and complexly plotted, and its historical grounding brought back to me those terrible events of the 1970s.