Image of If Memory Serves

IF MEMORY SERVES

Image of If Memory Serves

Griggs overstuffs her book by trying to tie in two separate stories, one about the present and one about Sarah's past. Each storyline would have made a good short story on its own, though at times each seems to drag on with no end in sight.

Memory has lied and been lied to about her family for most of her life. Through a chance meeting with a preacher and his wife, she learns that the woman she knew as her mother was not her mother. Her biological mother, Sarah, is alive and has searched for Memory for 70 years.

The two are finally reunited, along with Memory's daughter, granddaughter and great-grandchildren. All must decide if they are willing forego the past in order to embrace the future. (Dafina, Oct., 308 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner