Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

The Blossoming Universe of Violet DiamondViolet feels like she needs to know more about her family history. She's biracial, and her father died when she was younger. Violet's sister had a different father, and it bothers Violet when people can't believe they're related. Her mother is white, but Violet wants to know more about her father's side of the family. She's never even met her dad's mother, because her grandmother is upset that he married a white woman. Violet decides it's time to meet the woman, so she travels to a museum in Seattle where her grandmother will be signing autographs. Violet and her mother aren't sure what to expect when they arrive. It may me a big mistake, but it's something Violet needs to do to complete the jigsaw puzzle of her life.

The book talks about many aspects of family life. It was nice to read about well-educated parents and sisters who actually liked each other. The grandmother's anger added drama to the story, but she was full of mixed emotions. It was refreshing to read about characters with problems who did not do crazy things to deal with them. Despite the conflicts, anger, and regret, there was always an underlying feeling of love.

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