Grabbing At Water - A Mother and Daughter Who Dare to be Truthful
"I, on the other hand, had been screaming at my kids every Mother's Day
for years to show some appreciation... Now, some of you might think a
homemade card is sweet, but from where I sit, if the teens in question
are rich enough to be clubbing and wearing designer togs paid for by
their starving, single mother, then a real card and a few flowers
shouldn't be too much to ask..."
- Joan Lambur on Mother's Day
"I got her flowers and a card, but after looking in the paper, I might
just give her this."
- Maddy Lambur on making the front page of the Toronto Star as an
activist in The Marijuana March
TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Whoever coined the phrase "All is fair in love
and war" obviously never met Joan and Maddy Lambur. In Grabbing at Water, a
memoir with dual accounts from single mother Joan Lambur and her daughter
Maddy, readers journey through a relationship filled with affection,
rebellion, exhaustion and sheer determination. The Lamburs separately recount
episodes in their life together, starting with Maddy's childhood and moving
through her harrowing adolescence. Highlighting the successes, struggles,
recoveries and reconciliations - each story is told from two very different,
yet equally hilarious points of view.
Joan, who starts off as a broke, newly single mother living in a Toronto
fixer-upper, becomes a high-flying executive (she introduced the infamous
Teletubbies to Canadian television) trying hard to hold her personal and
professional lives together. Maddy, who even in the womb was stubborn, is a
gregarious girl who struggles in school and is a magnet for chaos. Maddy
evolves into an overly free-spirited teen who learns that her actions now come
with greater consequences. Together, the two navigate through academic crises,
health scares, wayward pets, romantic sabotage and substance abuse.
In Grabbing at Water, every challenge that Joan and Maddy experience
seems as if it were designed to test the limits of their relationship. As the
book unfolds however, it appears possible that there may be no limits to how
strong their love is.
With over one million(*) single mothers in Canada, and the numbers on a
steady rise, Joan and Maddy's story is a testament to the fact that every
statistic has a story. In this case, the story is much more shocking than the
Grabbing at Water is published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment and Simon
and Schuster Inc., New York.
(*) Statistics Canada Census (2006)
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