Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish

Lake Union. Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781542023313. pap. $14.95. F
DEBUT In this debut novel, 90-year-old Millie attempts to heal the long-term fractures in her relationship with her daughter, Jane. The two have always had difficulties; Jane even hid the birth of her own daughter, Kelsey, from Millie for three months. Millie knows the root of the troubles; for more than 60 years, she’s kept a secret from her daughter. She just can’t figure out how best to unburden herself of the thing she kept hidden for so many years: the loss of another infant daughter, owing to the negligence of the doctor at the birth. That loss led to a past addiction to barbiturates and intense grief, all of which was misinterpreted by a young Jane. Millie used to think of herself as “Millicent the Strong.” Can she be strong enough to let this secret go now?
VERDICT This touching story of the love and forgiveness between mothers and daughters will win fans. Readers will be appalled by how the medical establishment in the past treated women patients and their infants.

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