“As I sat on the floor and watched Dylan carefully unwrap the packages my mother had given him, I grew more and more concerned with each one. Inside this box was a girl’s grey cardigan sweater with a wide neck and small pearl buttons. In fact, each box he opened contained clothing for a little girl, certainly not appropriate for her 8 year-old grandson.”
And so begins the family’s realization that something is terribly wrong.
As Suzanne’s mother’s memory fades and she can no longer recognize her daughter, Suzanne struggles to reconcile the memory of her mother with a relationship that often left her feeling disconnected and alone. The book pays particular attention to the relationship between author and her dynamic, Medici-esque matriarch mother, who raises her daughter in her own image. As the author grows and begins to branch out in order to find her own identity, she faces the challenge of separating from a mother who refuses to see her for who she is and in so doing, withholds her acceptance. And although her life is filled with many successes; a successful career, a husband, children and a comfortable home, it is her mother’s acceptance that she most longs for, never giving up hope that someday she will earn what she most desires.
The Cardinal Club: A Daughter’s Journey to Acceptance is the story of a daughter’s efforts to make amends with her mother following her death from Alzheimer’s disease.It is an openhearted, deeply compassionate story about facing difficult truths and a journey that leads, unexpectedly, to discovering unconditional love.
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