Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood
Published by St. Martins Press
Publication date August 6, 2019
Synopsis: In 1969, Ginny Richardson has the perfect life. She is married to a wonderful man, a lawyer, Ab, and they have a son whom they adore. When she gives birth to her baby girl, she is told the baby has Down Syndrome and is whisked away before Ginny even understands what is happening. Ab’s father insists the baby by enrolled immediately in Willowridge, a school for the feeble-minded. Ginny knows she doesn’t have the knowledge of the medical professionals who told her it was for the best; her daughter would be cared for by those who know just what she needs. And, as per the school’s rules, Ginny is not allowed to visit. But Ginny feels the hole left in her heart every day. Two years later, Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her an expose on the horrendous conditions of Willowridge. Ginny decides she must go see for herself. Marsha agrees to drive Ginny and her now six year old son to the school for a visit. Once there, Ginny quickly realizes that she can’t leave her daughter there. She checks her out for a weekend visit, but as she discovers more of the truth of the school, she must make a decision. Follow the rules or risk everything for her daughter.
My thoughts: From the beginning, I was captivated by Ginny. Greenwood’s descriptions were horrifyingly vivid. There were moments in which I felt ill. I felt Ginny’s struggle, and it was heart wrenching. Ginny felt powerless. She was at the mercy of her husband’s family (and their idea of image at the expense of everything) and yet she knew she needed to protect her child. Yet she also needed to think about what was best for her son. Ab, her husband, also had to decide what was most important: his wife and children or the pressures his family and high society were putting on him to uphold the family’s perfect image. Greenwood crafted a beautiful and gut-wrenching story based on true events. Be on the lookout for this one!