Needy Creek is a contemporary novel filled with emotional struggles of all kinds, as Libby Berkenheimer tries to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. Thus, her thoughts and feelings often yield a depressing depiction of her life. I was filled with compassion for this woman whose heart is breaking all she wants is someone to hug, hold, and love her.The story moves from the present time to flashbacks, offering a very vivid picture of a woman lost in her world and hoping to somehow find happiness.

Libby has two children and the youngest has just gone off to college, leaving her alone for the first time since her husband died. When Libbys brother gets a new job, she takes in her mother, who seems to be borderline senile at times. Libby has never really understood her mother and is determined to try and connect with her.

This is a much harder task than she thought. Being in such close proximity with her mother is dredging up every bit of her distressed. childhood. Libby does not feel loved and at times has questioned her own sanity.

(Jul., dl $3.95)

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Tullos