“How a Heart Breaks”: A Review of PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING

Author: Alan Cheuse

August 25, 2015

“This story is Minnie’s story. She shows us, in painting her children delicately and without harsh scrutiny or judgment–this is about her love. How you can love your children through it, no matter how much it hurts you. In one of the novel’s final pages she is able to tell Manny, with strength in her voice, that she is proud of him. That in itself is a remarkable feat. ‘It’s an old story, darling,’ Minnie says, opening the book, and she is right. It’s one of the oldest stories in the book: the sweeping, expansive limits of a mother’s love.”

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