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|Read Epub ì Open Me Ó A debut novel about a young girl at the center of the secret world of professional mourners, where women are trained extensively and paid handsomely to attend the funerals of strangers Mem is a wailer, a professional mourner hired to cry at funerals One of the few remaining American girls in this secret, illegal profession, Mem hails from a long line of mourners, including her mother, a legendary master wailer hired for the most important funerals in her hometown of PhiladelphiaThough Mem is to eventually become a renowned wailer herself, she at first struggles with her calling She is a girl who cannot make herself cry, and though her mother loves her fiercely, she must use ancient, emotionally abusive, cultlike rituals to train Mem to weep When Mem emerges as the greatest wailer that the profession has ever seen, her infamy brings with it unwanted attention, especially from the authorities Interweaving poetic prose and artifacts spanning six thousand years and seven continents, Open Meis an utterly original novel about mothers and daughters, dark underworlds, and the play between fact and fiction This was one of the best books I ve read in an incredibly long time The voice was fresh, and the concept of adding documents and poetry in between chapters headed by questions worked wonderfully The book follows the rise of a young girl who works with her mother and other female relatives as a professional mourner set in 20th century Pennsylvania The story is not only about Mem, the protagonist, however, as Ms O Donnell explores albeit briefly relationships between mothers and daughters, This was one of the best books I ve read in an incredibly long time The voice was fresh, and the concept of adding documents and poetry in between chapters headed by questions worked wonderfully The book follows the rise of a young girl who works with her mother and other female relatives as a professional mourner set in 20th century Pennsylvania The story is not only about Mem, the protagonist, however, as Ms O Donnell explores albeit briefly relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, family, friends, and she questions death and how it is handled Mem remarks in one of the chapters about the different terms used for death those used by the people performing the service, by children, and by others This book is the author s debut novel, but she is no stranger to writing Her poet s voice shines throughout the novel, and rather than detracting from the story, it adds to it Her use of imagery helps to bring the characters to life, and it poses new ways for readers to look at everyday things I highly recommend this book Once I picked it up, I could not put it back down, and I know that I shall read it again The prose in OPEN ME is lyrical, poetic, magical, and downright breathtaking Many sentences I just had to re read because of the sheer beauty of the words, the cadence of the sentences but also because of the tangible, brilliant imagery they evoked OPEN me, however, is muchthan laudable literary fiction I was drawn in first and foremost by the unique topic professional wailing I had no idea such rituals existed in the United States that women were paid to mourn at funerals as rece The prose in OPEN ME is lyrical, poetic, magical, and downright breathtaking Many sentences I just had to re read because of the sheer beauty of the words, the cadence of the sentences but also because of the tangible, brilliant imagery they evoked OPEN me, however, is muchthan laudable literary fiction I was drawn in first and foremost by the unique topic professional wailing I had no idea such rituals existed in the United States that women were paid to mourn at funerals as recently as the early nineties So the story of a young girl born into the profession piqued my curiosity immediately And I wasn t disappointed In fact, there were so many things to consider after closing the final page that I m sure this novel will stick with me for a long, long while.I see a lot of thematic similarities with this story and Lisa See s SNOWFLOWER THE SECRET FAN in terms of the blurred lines between motherly love and cruelty when it comes to practiced ritual tradition I think O Donnell portrayed the complex emotional dynamic of mother and daughter with great skill, showing us that love is never black and white.While I adored this book, I did feel a personal need for additional explanation as to why professional mourners continued to be sought in the nineties I understood, historically, their significance and evolution, but never quite connected with the need for a present day wailer Even so, I would recommend the book for its lyrical qualities and the complex story and the brilliant ending The writing is this book is so exceptional that I found myself reading and re reading several passages simply for the beauty of the words and the rhythm of the prose The book was about Wailing Women, a subculture that I knew nothing about and now find a bit appalling The book centers around a young girl, Mem, who is a legend in the wailing world The way they live, the methods used to evoke crying, their lifestyle all formed a complex and damaged psyche in the main character and her inner pond The writing is this book is so exceptional that I found myself reading and re reading several passages simply for the beauty of the words and the rhythm of the prose The book was about Wailing Women, a subculture that I knew nothing about and now find a bit appalling The book centers around a young girl, Mem, who is a legend in the wailing world The way they live, the methods used to evoke crying, their lifestyle all formed a complex and damaged psyche in the main character and her inner pondering, her complicated view of the world and of love and death and emotion are brilliantly drawn out, haunting, and disturbing This is a book about Wailers, people who get paid to cry at funerals It was exceptional The book alternates between fact and fiction The character Mem is based on the last known working wailer in the United States Wailing is illegal so it starts with a record of her arrest Mem is the narrator and the chapters alternate her account and historic records, poems and articles about wailers.I m not going to reveal anythingabout this book You should read it Trust me on this one My IQ just This is a book about Wailers, people who get paid to cry at funerals It was exceptional The book alternates between fact and fiction The character Mem is based on the last known working wailer in the United States Wailing is illegal so it starts with a record of her arrest Mem is the narrator and the chapters alternate her account and historic records, poems and articles about wailers.I m not going to reveal anythingabout this book You should read it Trust me on this one My IQ just went up 5 points and I actually enjoyed it