June 14, 2003
Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry: a book about the lives of a mother and daughter, but where the plot just isn’t of major importance.

I’ve never read anything by McMurty before, but my friend Dan kept going on and on about how much he loved him so I borrowed Terms of Endearment. I’m very glad I did because I fell completely in love with the characters immediately, especially Aurora Greenway.

The novel is about two women - Aurora the mother and Emma the daughter - and how they effect each other and how their lives entertwine. Aurora is headstrong and selfish and hard to get along with, but her daughter loves her anyway. Emma never puts herself ahead of others and is easily taken advantage of at times, but Aurora still loves her as well.

This doesn’t mean, however, that their relationship is smooth. They have many issues with each other, but at the end of the novel, it’s obvious that they have gotten to a point where none of that matters - only their love for each other does.

I mentioned earlier that this is a book where plot just doesn’t seem to matter. The whole novel seemed to be about character development, if that makes any sense. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the book seemed to exist to further the personalities, not to reach any kind of a resolution, though that does happen.

I would highly recommend this novel and can’t wait to try the rest of McMurtry’s work as well.