Friday, February 19, 2010

Carleen Brice: Blogger's Novel Becomes Movie

With little risk of being wrong, I'll say, "Most women have an issue with their mothers." They may not have a big Oprah-show-worthy issue with Mom, maybe not even a priest or therapist-worthy issue, possibly not even a sleepless night irritation, but somewhere deep in her soul, a woman has some kind of matter about mother that pricks her with questions: What does my mother's womanhood teach me or not teach me, and what does my mother's womanhood say about my womanhood?

Paraphrasing what I said to novelist and blogger Carleen Brice in a Blog Talk Radio interview yesterday, I think that even if our mother is ideal in our eyes, we may still have a problem, the fear we'll never be as perfect as we believe her to be or she seems to believe herself to be.

Brice's first novel, Orange Mint and Honey (One World/Ballantine, 2008, paperback, 324 pp.) is about a mother-daughter relationship, one with a painful history and uncertain future. It's a story of a woman in her twenties growing up after she thought she was grown as she learns to forgive so she can move forward. It's a compelling tale that's gone from book to film. It is now the movie Sins of the Mother, starring singer and actress Jill Scott, and it premieres Sunday night, Feb. 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET and 5:00 p.m. PT on the Lifetime Movie Network. ... Please read more at


msladydeborah said...

Orange Mint and Honey is a good book. I very seldome do Lifetime-but this will get some of my attention. I hope the movie is as good as the book.

SjP said...

I've got to read this book; but can't wait to see the movie (even if it is on Lifetime).