Tuesday 26 April 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ Eden Gardens by Louise Brown

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Eden Gardens by Louise Brown. I am thrilled be taking part in this wonderful Blog Tour and delighted to welcome author Louise Brown to my blog and a BIG thanks to Ella Bowman from Headline Books for allowing me this opportunity to take part with some other fab book bloggers too. Yesterday Cara from @TheTatooedBook kicked off the Blog Tour with a feature on her blog about the setting of Louise's novel which you can read here.

I've got a feature from author Louise Brown about Family Ties: Writing Mothers & Daughters which you can read below and also find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end, so without further ado here it is.....

Family Ties: Writing Mothers & Daughters

For several years, I studied the traditional courtesans of Lahore in Pakistan, and stayed in the brothel quarter with them. The sex trade there is partly family-based. The profession is passed from mother to daughter, forming a generational cycle. Young girls are trained to become entertainers and sex workers by their mothers and aunts, and although they are not given formal lessons, they are conditioned to the trade by watching their mothers. A few resist the profession, but most accept it, unquestioningly, because there is no alternative.

Watching this generational transfer of skills and beliefs, made me think about what I learned from my own mother, and what I was bequeathing to my two daughters, perhaps unwittingly. In Eden Gardens, Maisy understands Mam’s world and her ideas, but she constantly struggles against them. She is desperate not to become her mother.

Do I share any traits with Mam? Not many, I hope, other than that we both want the best for our daughters, even though we have very different ideas about what is ‘best.’ And, although I hate to admit it, I am, like Mam, partial to a gimlet or two.

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