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In this international bestseller, a woman comes of age in a poignant novel about forgiveness, pain, and self-discovery.

Mona’s demanding mother ruled their home until a car crash took her life and changed their family forever. Left to tend to a distant father and a needy younger brother, Mona finds her new role almost too much to bear. And when a new stepmother, troubled and depressed, adds yet another crack to the family portrait, Mona’s forced to shoulder an even greater share of the emotional burden.

Somewhere between her responsibility to her family and to her own life, Mona finds a route of escape: in a theater career she craves. But for every challenge ahead - romantic, professional, sexual, and familial - Mona wonders how much of her future has already been defined by the challenges of her past.

An emotional, funny, and universal novel about the people, experiences, and choices that make us who we are, Mona in Three Acts is a revelatory journey of a woman’s self-discovery, forgiveness, and courage to finally speak her truth.

©2014 Griet Op de Beeck (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2019 by Michele Hutchison.

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I loved this book.
It was entertaining and thought provoking.
The narration was outstanding - I truly felt as if the author was telling me her life story.

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A Sad Life

The writing is direct, and beautiful. We watch Mona grow from the time she's a little girl till she's thirty-five. Her mother who'd been unkind, if not abusive does tragically. Dad remarrued a fragile woman fairly quickly. He expects the children to embrace wide #2 as their mommy. And Mina, particularly learns to people please to survive,, rarely thinking of herself. It is only at the very end that she begins to finally put herself first. Worth the read!

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