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When Molly O'Brien comes into the world in 1951, she never imagines that her life will turn out the way it does. Born into a wealthy family in which her father is a senator and her mother a devout Catholic, Molly receives a good upbringing and has all the reason in the world to be happy. Yet somehow, at the age of thirty, she is addicted to heroin and hasn't been employed for years. Her father believes that the corrupting influences of society are at fault, while her mother is convinced it's Molly's own depravity that has caused her ruin and her failure to stay in the Catholic Church. Her older brother Sean, however, knows who is really to blame. He holds the family secrets that have caused all of his sister's problems and are leading her down the harrowing road to drug addiction. And ultimately he knows that he and his parents are the only ones who can lead her out. A dramatically written family saga, Two Weeks Since My Last Confession is the story of one woman's survival in the face of serious childhood abuse and addiction. More than this, it is a tale which chronicles the triumph of the human spirit over its enemies - not only external enemies but also the ones we find within ourselves.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 2.3" Height: 1" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 12, 2007
Publisher libros international
ISBN 1905988133 ISBN13 9781905988136
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More About Kate Genovese
Kate Genovese has been in the nursing profession for the last thirty years where her profession has taken her to Denver, Seattle, and Boston. She presently works in Community Health nursing, is a member of The Massachusetts, Holistic and Home Health Care Associations, and is on ad hoc committees to defend health care issues. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children.
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Good Story Aug 26, 2008
Kate relays the story of Molly, a young woman growing up in a well-to-do, Irish Catholic family. This is an easy read but the topics are not easy as we learn about her struggles to find herself and discover where she fits within her family, friends, religion, and life. This is a feel good book in the end.
TWO WEEKS SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION Jul 8, 2008
SOMETIMES I THINK FICTION EXISTS TO LET US KNOW THAT OUR OWN FAMILY LIFE WAS NO SO DIFFERENT OR DISFUNCTIONAL AS ANYONE ELSES ALTHOUGH GROWING UP IN THE 50'S AND 60'S WE WERE TOLD THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR FAMILY STAYS WITH OUR FAMILY WHEN THERE WERE TIMES IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN GOOD TO SHARE. THIS STORY TAKES US INTO THE HEART AND SOUL OF A BOSTON CATHOLIC FAMILY WITH ALL THEIR FAULTS AND FOIBLES. IT IS ONE OF THOSE 'CAN'T PUT IT DOWN' BOOKS THAT IS SO WRITTEN THAT YOU FEEL COMPASSION AND EMPATHY FOR EVERY FAMILY MEMBER EVEN THOUGHT THEY MOSTLY ALL HAVE THEIR OWN DEMONS. SET IN A TIME AND PLACE THAT WE ALL KNOW, THESE WERE PEOPLE I RECOGNIZED, LOVED AND RELATED TO. KATE GENOVESE HAS DONE A BRILLIANT JOB OF DEPICTING THIS VERY HUMAN FAMILY, WARTS AND ALL.
A Boston family of the sixties and seventies May 28, 2008
Two Weeks Since My Last Confession is a family saga, featuring the O'Briens from Boston, Massachusetts. On the face of things, the O'Briens are an upstanding pillar of the community. John O'Brien is a politician, a senator no less, and a respected and long term incumbent to boot. Marie, Mrs. O'Brien, is a devout Catholic with five children. She is determined that they should be raised in such a way that ensures they develop values and respect rules. She fails.
The story centres on two siblings of the O'Brien household, and sets their stories in parallel, spanning three decades up to the 1980s. Molly and Sean are separated by several years, Sean being the older. Molly is the more impetuous of the two, Sean, in his own way, the less predictable. Things at home turn very sour indeed when Molly claims she is sexually abused by her brother. She complains to her mother, who blames her daughter for raising such ideas in the hothouse of her over-active imagination. She tells her father, who seems to be equally dismissive, being always more interested in the preservation of his own privilege and public face. It is only a long time later that she learns her father did, indeed, speak to Sean. They are words that the boy resents, for he has no recollection of having done anything.
Essentially, Two Weeks Since My Last Confession deals with the on-going consequences of these reactions which, at the time, were generated for merely rational reasons, their intended consequences designed to heal rather than harm. Events are described from the individual perspectives of the two children, Molly and Sean.
On the surface a devout Roman Catholic nuclear group, the O'Briens in reality are shot through with tension, hypocrisy, deceit and, indeed, corruption. They are perhaps a fairly standard family beneath the sheen of respect. When the lad misbehaves, his senator father pulls strings so that nothing will come of the issue and, importantly, there will be no record kept. The senator, himself, is a rampant womanizer and two timer, his clearly unhappy wife thus trapped in a marriage her religion would never contemplate ending. Sean gets up to some pretty naughty things before, during and after his tour of duty in Vietnam, but the experience of war does change him, so that his life is transformed. As he matures, he begins to understand and come to terms with the origin of the psychological demons that have haunted him since boyhood.
But it is Molly, more formally Maureen Bridget whenever her mother scolds her, who provides the centrepiece of the story. Her life is a tale of deterioration, a personal tragedy that affects all around her.
In Bobby Angelo, she finds a perfect boyfriend at an age when she is just too young to convince others her feelings are sincere. She develops an early, rich, sexual relationship with Bobby, who seems to be a likeable boy of Italian descent. He is convinced he is destined for stardom as a baseball player and somehow it just doesn't work out with Molly.
In fact, it actually worked out a little too well with Molly, but he is ignorant of this when he goes off to college. Molly is thus prevented from attending college herself and she takes up a career in health care. She has already smoked dope, as have most of her peers, and she has tried a few other things. Her professional activities facilitate her access to drugs, of course, and she begins to try something different, and then a little more, and a little more still. And so she drifts into a destitution of addiction. But it is a state that allows her to continue a semblance of a normal life for many years.
The book describes the history of the whole family, however, in order to fill out details of the two principal characters' lives. There are marriages and births - sometimes in that order, some more marriages, plenty of divorces, more births, domestic abuse, success, wealth, failure. There are breakdowns, rehab centres, a Vietnam War and pop culture. And so the characters inhabit a confused two decades to emerge older, wiser perhaps, more stable perhaps, certainly awaiting what life will throw at them next.
Ultimately, the book is an examination of abuse and its consequences, both direct and incidental. The childhood traumas that centred on Molly and Sean resurface, demand attention, regularly reassert their control of lives. They have been denied. They will not go away. And again ultimately the book has a message of hope, as the skeletons in the cupboard are eventually brought out into daylight and positively buried.
Life can be a messy process, with events becoming confused, subconsciously rejected or unacknowledged. But things do catch up with you in the end. The mistakes are truly easy to make, but unpicking their consequences can be an intricate, delicate and lengthy task.
Stunning novel May 9, 2008
Kate Genovese has written a truly engrossing story of Molly O'Brien, a young woman coming of age and confronting sibling sexual abuse and parents too involved in their own lives. She is forced away from the family only to deal with adult situations long before she is ready.
It is a story of a dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, betrayal, religious fervor, and deterioration into drug addiction and immorality. A gripping tale, well worth the read.
Bill Copeland author: Ashes to the Vistula
Two Weeks since my lastConfession Apr 18, 2008
The title was just so wonderful for a women having been raised Catholic that I bought it and then was so pleased that the characters were well developed, authentic and unpredictable, all the things I look for in a novel. I was so grateful that the author added important information at the end to help survivors of sexual abuse find guidance on their path to recovery. Good Job Ms. Genovese, you are helping our troubled world in an interesting way!