Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Saturday’s Child” by Deborah Burns, She Writes Press, April 9, 2019
Deborah Burns has written a unique and intriguing Memoir,”Saturday’s Child” “A Daughter’s Memoir” The author describes her life in the 1950’s and especially her complex, complicated and atypical relationship with her Mother, whom she idolized. During those years for Dorothy, her mother broke with the typical rules of tradition. and seemed to beat to the tune of her own drum. Certainly by today’s standards, Deborah’s Memoir reflects a dysfunctional family.
Dorothy preferred working, and left her two sister-in laws to bring up Deborah, and cook and take care of the house. (which was really a small apartment) Deborah looked forward to the time she did get to spend with her mother. During summers away, the author describes the wonderful times that she had, when her mother was around.
Deborah describes her mother as a beautiful woman, who always was the center of attention. One part I found amusing, was when Deborah was at the Beauty Parlor, and saw that her mother’s hair was being dyed red, and was surprised.That reminds me of my Grandma Rosie, who had been married at least three times, and had her hair dyed blond. I had also believed she was a natural blond.
This is a beautifully written and vividly describes the author’s life growing up. This also shows how Deborah Burns reflects on her relationship with her mother, and successfully builds her own life. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy Memoirs.